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The Teddy Bears' Picnic (Collin)

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THE TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC (J4x32) 4C set Irene Collin Ardbrae 50 Years

1- 8 1s advance and retire 2 steps. 2s repeating on bar 3, 3s repeat on bar 5 and 4s repeat on bar 7
9-16 While 4s complete their advance and retire, 1s start a Snowball Grand Chain to end 3(2)4(1)
17-24 3s+2s and at the same time 4s+1s dance Ladies' Chain
25-26 3s cross RH,
27-28 3s+2s dance RH across ½ way (2 bars) while bars 27-30 4s turn RH for 4 bars
29-32 1s turn 1½ times for 4 bars. 2341

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

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Also see the dance Teddybear's Picnic (Leyffer) by Sven Leyffer.

"Teddy Bears' Picnic" is a song consisting of a melody by U.S. American composer John Walter Bratton, written in 1907, and lyrics added by Jimmy Kennedy in 1932.

Kennedy lived at Staplegrove Elm and is buried in Staplegrove Church, Taunton, Somerset, England. Local folklore has it that the small wooded area between the church and Staplegrove Scout Hut was the inspiration for his lyrics.

It remains popular as a children's song.

If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You'd better go in disguise!

Teddy Bears' Picnic
Teddy Bears' Picnic - Campsie Mural

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