Manchester Busy Bees

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Name: Manchester Busy Bees Type: Jig Times & Bars: 4X32
Set: 4 Couple Longwise Minimum couples required 3
Devised by: R Brettle Year[1] 2009
Published in: RSCDS Manchester Branch 75th Anniversary Dances
Music: "Rob's Really Buzzin'" by Ishbel Saxton

Dance instructions

1 - 8 1s and 2s dance half rights and lefts. On bar 5 the 1s turn one and a half times to face first corners, while the 2s cross right hand to own sides.
9 - 16 is dance pass and turn with first corners. 1s pass right shoulder to dance pass and turn with second corners. 1s finish in second place on opposite sides.
17 - 24 2s and 1s dance men's chain. 1s finish on wrong sides by facing each other across the set.
25 - 32 1st man dances half figure of eight round 3rd man to own side, while 1st lady dances half figure of eight round 2nd lady to own side. On bar 29 2s, 1s and 3s dance back to back with partners.


The dance was devised for the 75th anniversary of the RSCDS Manchester Branch in 2010. The imagery is taken from the combination of the Busy Bee symbol of Manchester City Council and the cotton industry (which gave the nickname Busy Bees to the city of Manchester in the first place).

The first eight bars illustrate the box of the weaving machine. The next eight bars have the imagery of the pattern of bees in the hive, and the shape of bees wings. Bars 17 to 28 illustrate the conveyor belts used in the cotton industry. The last movement (bars 29 to 32) represent the weaving of the cloth.

The dance was danced publically for the first time at the RSCDS Manchester Branch ball in January 2010. It is now on Minicrib and has been published by the RSCDS Leeds Branch on their website.


  1. Year denotes the year in which the dance was devised or first published