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Taught/practised on: 2015 April 12 th
MARJA’S BUNS  (M-(S48+R48) Amanda Peart (2013) 6 cple sq. set – as Iona Cross, but with 5s and 6s facing in (Man in front of Man) Strathspey:  1- 8 Outside couples – Circle 8H round (left) & back, inside couples - Circle 4H to right, back  to left  9-10 1s+3s+centre couples face in (as started), passing RSh, dance forward 2 positions so 1 st  couple are in 6 th  place, 5 th  couple are in 3 rd  place, 6 th   couple are in 1 st  place and 3 rd  couple are in 5 th  place 11-14 5s+6s (new ends) turn partner 2H 1½ times to correct sides, whilst 1s+3s (in centre) dance ½ a Tourbillion (½ turn partner 2H, move on, set) 15-16 All (6 couples) set 17-24 1s (with backs to 4s)+3s (with backs to 2s)+2s+4s repeat bars 9-16 - to end 6 1 5 3 on outside 2 4 on inside 25-26 Centre couples dance ½ LH Across (2 bars) 27-30 Each dances RH Across with 2 corner persons (4 bars) 31-32 Centre couples dance ½ LH Across (2 bars) 33-36 Each dances RH Across with 2 corner persons (opposite to last time) (4 bars) 37-40 Centre couples dance ¾ LH Across in the middle to get to next corners on (4 bars) 41-48 Dance LSh Reels of 3 with corners – ending 2s & 4s between corners in lines of 3 Change to reel time:  1- 4 All Advance, 6s+1s+5s+3s (‘outside couples’ – on ends of lines) Retire, 2s+4s (centre of lines) set  5- 8 2s+4s Circle 4H to left, to remain in centre, 2s with backs to 2 nd  place, 4s with backs to 4 th  place (Man in front of Man)  9-12 2s & 4s pull RSh back to ½ turn 1s & 3s RH and 1s & 3s dance on one place turning about to face in (petronella) (backs to original places, Man in front of Man)     13-16 1s & 3s repeat bars 9-12 with 6s & 5s (i.e. 1s & 3s pull RSh back to ½ turn 6s & 5s RH and 6s & 5s dance on one place turning about to face in (petronella) (backs to side couples, Man in front of Man))  17-28 Centre couples (5s+6s) dance ½ LH Across (2 bars), each RH Across with corners (4 bars), and repeat with opposite corners 29-32 ¾ LH Across in the middle to get centre couples dancing with next corners on (4 bars) 33-40 Dance LSh Reels of 3 with corners – end with 5s & 6s dancing back into centre 41-48 Outside couples – Circle 8H round (left) and back, Inside couples - Circle 4H to right first, then back left (if the centre couples dance round-and-a-half then they end in their original places, as the outside couples already do)
This dance was written for my Finnish friend, Marja Gass, who asked her husband John to devise a dance for her birthday. As the dance needed to be personal, John thought that it could depict the making of the Finnish buns (vaguely similar to Chelsea buns) which are one of Marja’s culinary specialities. Between John and I, the recipe seems have been translated with plenty of creative license, but the buns remain delicious! Marion Turnock kindly wrote the original music - Sunday Tea - and Marian Anderson will record it on The Sunday Class Dance Book 2 CD.