Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

My Golden Bear

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MY GOLDEN BEAR A four couple 32- bar "rolling" jig. Rod Downey The Golden Bear Collection.

1-4 1C cross right hand and cast off one place, 2C step up on 3 and 4. Similarly 4C cross right hand and cast up one place, 3C step down on 3 and 4.
5-8 2C and 1C dances 4 hands across, finishing with 1L facing 2M, and 1M immediately behind her. 4C and 3C similarly 4 hands across finishing with 4M facing 3L, and 4L immediately behind 4M.
9-16 1C, 4C dance "corners pass and turn in (lead change) tandem". To wit: 9-12 While 2M and 3L turn right hand and return to places, 1C dance out to first man's place, with lead change, so that 1M is in front of 1L on bars 11 and 12. Similarly for 4C so that now the 4L is leading. 1C and 4C will pass collective right shoulder to dance into the bars 13-16, finishing 1M (with 1L behind) facing 3M who is in 4th place, and similarly 4C finishing facing first lady's place. 13-16 Repeat this with 2L and 4M, again lead changing. 1C and 4C will again pass right shoulder (1L and 4M leading). 1C will be in second place in from the sidelines and 4C in third place similarly, flowing into...
17-20 1C and 4C dance 4 hands across. At the end 1C finish with nearer hands joined facing up, and 4C down.
21-24 1C dance up between second couple and cast into second place on own sides, similarly 4C dance down between 3C and cast up into third place, all on own sides.
25-32 1C and 4C dance a chain progression.
Finishing order 2, 4, 1, 3. Repeat from new positions.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Rod Downey, 2018)

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Rod Downey devised 'My Golden Bear' in honour of his wife Kristin.

My Golden Bear was on the programme for the Johnsonville Scottish Country Dancing Club's tartan night on October 1, 2018.

Published in 2017 by the RSCDS NZ Branch Inc in North Cape to the Bluff, a collection of Scottish Country Dances to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the New Zealand Branch Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

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