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Black Donald

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BLACK DONALD (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 2

1- 8 1s+2s Allemande Right (adv for 2, give RH to partner and Lady turns under M's arm, Lady dances back to place as Man retires), 1s+2s dance RH across
9-16 1s+2s dance Allemande Left (repeat giving LH) and dance LH across
17-24 1M followed by partner casts 1 place, crosses up and casts round 2L to end on own sides in 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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Black Donald is a Highland colloquialism for the Devil in Scottish mythology.

The defining characteristic of Black Donald is his cloven feet, which betray whatever disguise he assumes.



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