THE BIRKS OF LAFAYETTE
|Bars 1 - 4||
First couple dance toward each other, and touching nearer hands, cast off into second place. Second couple step up on bars 3 and 4.
|Bars 5 - 8||
First and second couple dance right hands across in a wheel.
|Bars 9 - 12||
First couple dance toward each other, and touching nearer hands, cast off into third place. Third couple step up on bars 11 and 12.
|Bars 13 - 16||
First and third couple dance left hands across in a wheel.
|Bars 17 - 20||
First couple, left hands joined, dance up to the top and cast into second place. Third couple step down on bars 19 and 20.
|Bars 21 - 24||
Second, first, and third couples turn partner with right hand.
|Bars 25 - 32||
Second, first, and third couples circle six hands round and back.
Repeat, having passed a couple.
Devised by Claudette Sigg, November 1999
The Birks of Lafayette was created to celebrate the Millennium at a New Year's Eve party given in Berkeley on December 31, 1999, and hosted by the Berkeley and Lafayette RSCDS classes.
Although "birks is meant to be an allusion to "Berkeley," the word itself has a number of interesting definitions: the first definition given in The Concise Scots Dictionary says "birks" are birch trees or a small wood consisting of birches. The second definition uses the word as a verb meaning to move energetically or restlessly! The third, a noun, describes a stout, well-built boy or lad. "Birkie" can also refer to a smart fellow, a conceited fellow, or a sharp-tongued, quick tempered person, usually a woman. As a adjective, "birkie means 'lively and sprited' - or a sharp tongued tart! "Birkie" is also a card game, namely beggar-my-neighbour. Pick whatever amuses you!
Recommended Music: Harvester's Jig, second tune in Set of Jigs on Barbara McOwen's Dances frae the North, Volumes 1,3,3.