Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Pudsey Bear

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

PUDSEY BEAR (J4x32) 4C set Louise Macdougall

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 1L followed by 2L+3L+4L dance across behind 1M. 1L loops round 1M to follow 4L as Ladies dance behind Men and cross back to own side. 2341
17-24 Men repeat figure 9-16 round Ladies to end opposite partner. 2341
25-32 All dance DoSiDo with partner and turn RH (or birl)

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

Pudsey Bear
Louise Macdougall
Jig 4 x 32 bars 4 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   all 8 hands round to the left and back;

  9-10 1L, followed by 2L3L4L, chase across the top of the set and cast around 1M;

11-12 2L3L4L continue to chase anticlockwise WHILE 1L dance between 1M and 2M to follow 4L;

13-16 2L3L4L1L continue to chase anticlockwise outside the set to finish 2L3L4L1L on Ls' side;

17-24 Mn dance a mirror image of bars 9-16, chasing clockwise to finish 2M3M4M1M on Mn's side;

25-28 2s 3s 4s 1s dos-à-dos with partners;

29-32 2s 3s 4s 1s turn partners by the right.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

As with many 4-couple ceilidh dances, this can readily be adapted for 3 couples to suit the number of dancers available; the 3-couple version is less of a scramble in bars 9-24.

  9-24 There is more ground to cover than normally in these chases around the set and so all must move quickly.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)

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Dance Information

Pudsey Bear is BBC Children in Need's mascot. He was created and named in 1985 by BBC graphic designer Joanna Lane, who worked in the BBC's design department. The bear was named after her hometown of Pudsey, West Yorkshire, where her grandfather was mayor. A reproduction of the bear mascot (made of vegetation) is in Pudsey park, near the town centre.

BBC Children in Need (also promoted as Plant Mewn Angen in Wales) is the BBC's UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised many millions of pounds for children and young people in the UK.

One of the highlights is an annual telethon, held in November and televised on BBC channels. BBC Children in Need fundraising events are promoted nationally in other media.

Pudsey Bear
Pudsey Bear Raising Funds For BBC Children In Need, 2009

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