Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Gypsy Shawl

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Gypsy Shawl
Anon
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   All join hands on the sides, 4s join free hands, 1M2M make an arch and, with 1L leading, all (except 1M) dance under the arch to finish in places, retaining hold;

  9-16 1L2L make an arch and, with 1M leading, all (except 1L) dance under the arch to finish in places, releasing hold;

17-20 1s2s 3s4s right hands across;

21-24 1s2s 3s4s left hands across;

25-28 1s take both hands and slip to 4th place WHILE 2s3s4s step up;

29-32 2s 3s 4s 1s turn by the left.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

29-32 Original instructions have turn by the right but by the left makes a better transition to bar 1 of the next repeat.

The Gypsy Shawl (3-couple version)
(adapted RGF)
Jig   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   All join hands on the sides, 3s join free hands, 1M2M make an arch and, with 1L leading, all (except 1M) dance under the arch to finish in places, retaining hold;

  9-16 1L2L make an arch and, with 1M leading, all (except 1L) dance under the arch to finish in places, releasing hold;

17-20 1s2s right hands across;

21-24 1s2s left hands across;

25-28 1s take both hands and slip to 3rd place WHILE 2s3s step up;

29-32 2s 3s 1s turn left hands.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  1-32 This is adapted for 3 couples from the standard 4-couple version.

29-32 Original instructions have turn by the right but left hands makes a better transition to bar 1 of the next repeat.


Gypsy Shawl Image
Gypsy Shawl - 1878


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