The Dancing Bear reel

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Wizard’s Walk (a few times).

The Dancing Bear has been added to 11 tune sets.

The Dancing Bear has been added to 128 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|
EFGF EFGF|EFGA B2 e2|B2BA BcBA|GFE2 E3z:|
|:e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|
e2 ef gfef|gf e2 dcB2|B2BA BcBA|GFE2 E3z:|
X: 2
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
The tune is pretty basic. I can't remember Apart chords, but the B harmonies are Em|Em|A|A|C|C|B7|Em:||
X: 3
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
Em|Em|A|A|Em|Em|B7|Em
X: 4
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|
EFGF EFGF|EFGA B2 e2|B2BA BcBA|GFE2 E3z:|
|:e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|d2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|
c#2 ef gfe2|c2 ef gfe2|B2Bc BAGF|G2E2 E3z:|
Em|Em|D|D|A/C#(C# in bass.. or not)|C|B|Em
X: 5
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: EFGF EFGF | EFGA G2 F2 | EFGF EFGF |EFGA G2 F2 |
EFGF EFGF | EFGA B2 e2 | B2 Bc BAGF | G2 E2 E2 D2 :|
|: e2 ef gfef | g2 e2 e4 | d2 ef gfef | g2 e2 e4 |
^c2 ef gf e2 | c2 ef gf e2 |B2 B2 Bc BA | GF G2 E2 E2 :|
X: 6
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|
EFGF EFGF|EFGA B2 e2|B2Bc BAGF|G2E2 E3z:|
|:e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|
e2 ef gfef|gf e2 dcB2|B2Bc BAGF|G2E2 E3z:|
X: 7
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|
EFGF EFGF|EFGA B2 e2|B2Bc BAGA|G2E2 E4:|
|:e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e4|e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e4|
e2 ef gfef|gf e2 d2 dc|B2Bc BAGA|G2E2 E4:|
X: 8
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: EFGF EFGF | EFGA G2 F2 | EFGF EFGF |EFGA G2 E2 |
EFGF EFGF | EFGA B2 e2 | B2 Bc BAGF | G2 E2 E4 :|
|: e2 ef gfef | g2 e2 e4 | d2 ef gfef | g2 e2 e4 |
e2ef gf e2 | ^c2 ef gf e2 |B2Bc BAGF | G2 E2 E4 :|
X: 9
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: "Em"EFGF EFGF | EFGA G2 F2 | "Am"EFGF EFGF |EFGA G2 E2 |
"Em"EFGF EFGF | EFGA B2 e2 |"Bm"B2 Bc BAGF | "Em"G2 E2 E4 :|
"Em"e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e4|"Am"e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e4|
"C"e2 ef gfef|gf e2 d2 dc|"Bm"B2Bc BAGF | "Em"G2 E2 E4|
"Em"e2 ef gfef | g2 e2 e4 | "Am"d2 ef gfef | g2 e2 e4 |
"C"e2ef gf e2 | "A"^c2 ef gf e2 |"Bm"B2Bc BAGF | "Em"G2 E2 E4 |]

Thirteen comments

Chords

The tune is pretty basic. I can’t remember Apart chords, but the B harmonies are Em|Em|A|A|C|C|B7|Em:||

Dancing Bear

Rodney Miller has a pretty cool version of this tune on his Airplang album.

writtenby Bob McQuillen
Chords on the 1st part are identical to the 2nd part or sometimes played:
Em|Em|A|A|Em|Em|B7|Em

Tune/Chord Variation

I played it this way with my band.. I find it much more interesting.

X: 1
T: Dancing Bear, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Emin
|:EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|
EFGF EFGF|EFGA B2 e2|B2BA BcBA|GFE2 E3z:|
|:e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|d2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|
c#2 ef gfe2|c2 ef gfe2|B2Bc BAGF|G2E2 E3z:|

Then.. the b part chords..
Em|Em|D|D|A/C#(C# in bass.. or not)|C|B|Em

Fun fun fun..

A fun, kind of midless tune that sometimes just kind of plays itself. Often played for dances.
Makes me want to sing that song "wa wa wa wa wa- waltzing with bears"

Dancing Bear slightly modified

I first heard this tune from a guy named Jeff Katz. His arrangement was so dynamic it completely changed the tune from a rather standard dance tune to a performance piece.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76QRtYHwSPE

The boy is Jeff’s son, the girl his neice.

The Dancing Bear, X:5

The way we play it at a session in Atlanta, GA

The Dancing Bear, X:7

A few variations onto the base melody.

The Dancing Bear, X:8

Some variations on Erin Hennessy’s version from Atlanta. The C# in the B Part pops well when it’s shifted over to that C natural in the 6th bar. The two high b’s in the 4th bar of the B Part could be two high f’s instead.

The Dancing Bear, X:9

Combination of previous B Parts.

Re: The Dancing Bear

Quarky notes, B Part, 4th bar:
| g2 b2 b4 |
| g2 B2 B4 |
| g2 f2 f4 |

Re: The Dancing Bear

This tune might have been the inspiration for "Catharsis", or perhaps the other way around, but there is a strong resemblance.

https://thesession.org/tunes/703