Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Dog's Breakfast

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A DOG'S BREAKFAST (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Ian Barbour Highlander Collection of SCDs vol 1

1- 8 1s set, cast (2s step up), turn LH while 2s and 3s turn RH to end in lines across with 2L between 1L+2M facing down and 3M between 1M+3L facing up
9-16 1L+2L also 1M+3M set and link; all set, 1s (in middle) cast to 2nd place own side while 2s+3s change places on side (Men RH and Ladies LH)
17-20 Top couple (3s) lead down and cross RH to 3rd place and cast up to 2nd place while middle couple (1s) set and cross to 3rd place while bottom couple (2s) cast to top and cross RH
21-24 All repeat from new places
25-32 1s+2s dance Allemande

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

Dance Information

A Dog's Breakfast is slang for "a mess, a confusion, turmoil, or something badly or chaotically done".

It appears to have been in use at least since the early 1930s and possibly originated in Glasgow.

It can also mean, of course, a dog's first meal of the day.

Dog's Breakfast
A Dog's Breakfast
"The Highland Shepherd" Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873), Oil On Panel, c. 1834

Image copyright Edwin Henry Landseer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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