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Dinner For One

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DINNER FOR ONE (The 90th Birthday) (R3x32) 3C set Judith Kowalczik

1- 8 1M dances clockwise round set (pass 1L RSh) while 1L dances petronella turn and sets to 2L, 3L, 3M and 2M in turn. Bars 7-8 1L dances petronella turn back to place. (2L sets on bars 3-4, 3L bars 4-5, 3M bars 5-6, 2M bars 6 and 7)
9-16 ½ reel, set, ½ reel:
   9-11 ½ reels of 3 on sides (1M+2M pass RSh, 1L+2L pass LSh)
   12-13 All set (start on Left foot), 3s facing across, 2s facing 1s on sides
   14-16 ½ reels of 3 on sides (1M+2M pass LSh, 1L+2L pass RSh)
17-24 1L dances across to take prom hold with partner (1M on right of 1L). 1s dance down (2 bars), turn RH or birl (4 bars) while bars 19-20 2s+3s step up and dance RH across
25-32 2s+3s+1s circle 6H round and back

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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Dance Information

This dance, Dinner for One, was named after the two-hander comedy sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie for the theatre, called Dinner for One (comedy sketch also known as The 90th Birthday).

Originally filmed in Blackpool and featuring British stars, the filming itself was funded and overseen by the German TV station Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) who recorded it in 1963, in the original English, with a short introduction in German. It is an 18-minute black-and-white videotape recording, performed by British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden.

The comedy is about Miss Sophie's 90th birthday dinner. Her butler James must fill in for her four departed friends, which includes lots of drinks before every course!

It has become a tradition to watch it on New Year's Eve in Germany, and, as of 1995, was the most frequently repeated television programme ever and has been refilmed with a new cast many times.

Dinner For One Comedy - Information Video

Dinner For One
Dinner For One

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