The Marmalade Sandwich

A 4x48 bar Reel for 4 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

Music: The Black Bear.

Bars 1-8: 1st lady, followed by 2nd, 3rd and 4th ladies, dances across the top of the set, behind the men's line, across the bottom of the set and back to place.
Bars 9-16: 1st man, followed by 2nd, 3rd and 4th men, dances across the top of the set, behind the ladies' line, across the bottom of the set and back to place.
Bars 17-20: All dance back to back with partners.
Bars 21-24: All turn partners by the right hand.
Bars 25-32: 1st couple, joining both hands, slip down the middle of the dance and back up to the top.
Bars 33-36: 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples advance and retire (without giving hands) while 1st couple casts off one place and turns by the right hand.
Bars 37-40: Repeat bars 33-36.
Bars 41-44: Repeat bars 33-36.
Bars 45-48: All turn or birl partners.

Repeat from new positions.

Tune: The Black Bear

Devised for Samantha Lyall and Craig Townsend on the occasion of their Wedding in Edinburgh on April 21st, 2001, with love from Ian and Caroline Brockbank.

The name comes about as follows: the original tune is "The Black Bear", Craig's favourite tune, and Craig and Samantha live in Portobello. Paddington was also a bear, who frequently visited Portobello Road. Paddington was fond of marmalade sandwiches. Two common brands of marmalade are Golden Shred and Silver Shred - things Samantha often sees in her work as a jeweller.

If you try this dance, please let me know how you get on.

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