Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Long John's Birthday

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LONG JOHN'S BIRTHDAY (Diamond John) (32 bar reel for 4 couples) Anne-Miek Klokgieters, The Delft Book Of Scottish Country Dances

1-8 1st and 4th couples cast [2] and set [2] while 2nd and 3rd couples set turning right about (back to back with partner) and set to 1st and 4th couples [2]; 1st and 2nd couples and 3rd and 4th couples dance ½ reels of four across the dance [4].
9-16 All couples set across the dance [2], all couples (joining hands) set up and down the dance [2], ladies and, at the same time, men dance left hands across once round [4].
17-24 2nd and 3rd couples dance right hands across once round in the middle (finish in the side lines) [4] while 1st and 4th couples dance back to partner's place [2] and set [2]; all couples cross over right hands to own side [2] and set [2].
25-32 1st couple lead down to 4th place in the centre [4]; turn right hands once round [2] and set [2] (2nd, 3rd and 4th couples step up on bars 27-28).

Repeat, with a new top couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Anne-Miek Klokgieters, The Hague, 1994)

Dance Information

Dance devised for Jan Verburg, on the occasion of his 60th birthday on June 9, 1994.

(Dance information by the deviser, Anne-Miek Klokgieters)

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