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Everything Stops For Tea

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EVERYTHING STOPS FOR TEA (London 1930-4PM) (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Ronald MacKay

1- 8 2s followed by 1s lead down, 1s followed by 2s lead up to top and 1s cast to 2nd place
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance Grand Chain
17-24 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 3s (giving RH) and ½ Fig of 8 round 2s (giving RH)
25-32 1s dance RH across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s) and dance LH across with other couple

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

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Everything Stops For Tea - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

The deviser saw this dance as four acts, with 8 bars for each act.
1- 8 The Park
9-16 The Teashop Foyer
17-24 Finding Ones Table
25-32 Teapots

Everything Stops For Tea - Song (written by Al Hoffman, Maurice Sigler, and Al Goodhart) is also the title of a very famous 1935 song from the British musical film, Come Out of the Pantry, directed by Jack Raymond and starring Jack Buchanan, Fay Wray, James Carew and Fred Emney.

The alternative title, London 1930-4PM, probably comes from the repeated lyric in the song - 'but the clock struck four, And everything stops for tea'.

Oh, the factories may be roaring
With a boom-a-lacka, zoom-a-lacka, wee
But there isn't any roar when the clock strikes four
Everything stops for tea

Everything Stops For Tea Song - Information Video

Everything Stops For Tea
Everything Stops For Tea
"Afternoon Tea" William Henry Margetson (1861-1940)

Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Come Out of the Pantry article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright William Henry Margetson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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