BIRTHDAY BRANLE

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					DRAFT                                                                              DRAFT
                              BIRTHDAY BRANLE
                              Longways for Three Couples
                                Historical English Style

A1    1-4       With partner, go up a double and back.
      5-8       CROSS, CAST, AND INVERT THE LINES: Each couple in turn lead up
                to the top, cross over, and cast down ( like a “cross trail through”).
                [Actually, the third couple can simply turn as a unit to face down.]
                                    [All improper, 3, 2, 1.]
A2    1-4       With partner, go down a double and back.
      5-8       CHANGE PLACES: Beginning at the bottom, each couple in turn
                change with partner (the 1s at the bottom, then the 2s, then the 3s).
                                     [All proper, 3, 2, 1.]
B1    1-4       Taking hands along lines, fall back and then set right and left.
      5-8       All forward into back-to-back with partner.

B2    1-2       Bottom couple (original 1s) lead up to face top couple (who turn to face
                them), as middles move down and face each other.
      3-4       All set right and left.
      5-8       Beginning with the person you are facing, three changes of (grand)
                rights and lefts around the whole set.
                                    [All improper, 2, 1, 3.]
C      1-4      Top two couple, right-hands across once around, into . . .
       5-8      Bottom two couples left-hands across once around, into . . .
      9-12      Circle right hands-six halfway.
     13-16      Everyone set and turn single.
                                     [All proper, 3, 1, 2.]

MUSIC: “Birthday Branle” by Jonathan Jensen.

Teaching Points: Here are few things to emphasize:

(a) In A1 5-8, the men should assist their partners in the crossing over. It is more fun
and it goes more quickly.

(b) Getting into the right-hands across in C 1-4 requires that the top two couples finish
their last pass by the right and immediately put right hands in the middle for the new
figure.

(c) In C 5-8, the left-hands across needs to get all the way around until everyone is
improper before transitioning into the circle.

At Mendocino English Dance Week in 2005, Jonathan and I put into the BACDS auction
an offer to write a dance and tune to the winning bidder’s specifications. The (very
generous) winner was Michael Siemon who asked for a “brawly dance with energy”.
This is what he got for his money. The debut of the dance at True Brit 2005 happened
to coincide with Michael’s birthday, hence the title.
Calculated Figures                      Gary Roodman                        October 2005
Birthday Branle                                                                                        Jonathan Jensen 2005

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