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Bird in the Cage Author: Traditional American
|First couple lead out to the right and circle four (with the twos).|
|Bird in the cage and shut the door (the other three circle left around the first lady).|
|The bird fly out and the crow hop in (the other three circle left around the first man).|
|Those two couples swing partner.|
|Now the ones move on to the threes and repeat the figure. Then ones with fours, and everybody swing.|
|Each couple in turn leads the figure.|
The dance isn't phrased to the music - watch the dancers and call to them. Encourage the "bird" and "crow" to play-act rather than just stand there!
You need a break involving all four couples. This could simply be: Circle left. Circle right. Swing partner. Promenade. For more experienced dancers you might also try: Allemande left corner. Right to partner: Grand chain (Grand right and left). Swing partner. Promenade. And you can vary the break and you don't need to teach it in advance - just stick with figures they already know: do-si-do, swing, circle, etc.
A version of this appears in "Old Square Dances of America", Neva L. Boyd & Tressie M. Dunlavy, Chicago, 1925, so it's been around a long time. It's used in Kentucky Running Set
Music: Unphrased (not too tuneful) American reels.