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The Shepherd's Crook (RSCDS Book 10)

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THE SHEPHERD'S CROOK (S8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 10

1- 8 1s lead down 1 place and turn LH as 2s make an arch and dance up, 1s lead down to 3rd place and turn LH as 3s make an arch and dance up
9-16 1s lead up 1 place and turn LH as 3s make an arch and dance down, 1s lead up to top and turn LH as 2s make an arch and dance down
17-24 1s cast below 3s and lead up to top
25-32 1s+2s dance Allemande

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


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Also see the dance Shepherd's Crook (MacNab) collected by Mary Isdal MacNab.

A shepherd's crook is a long and sturdy stick with a hook at one end, often with the point flared outwards, used by a shepherd to manage and sometimes catch sheep.

In addition, the crook may aid in defending against attack by predators. When traversing rough terrain, a crook is an aid to balance. Shepherds may also use the long implement to part thick undergrowth (for example at the edge of a drovers' road) when searching for lost sheep or potential predators.

Shepherd's Crook
A Shepherd With His Crook


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