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Shepherd's Delight

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SHEPHERD'S DELIGHT (J4x32) 4C set Caroline Walker et al Ian Shepherd Dance Collection
2 chords - 2nd chord 3s+4s cross to opposite side

1- 8 1s+4s set, cast down/up 1 place (2s+3s step up/down). 1s+4s in prom hold dance out of ends (1s up, 4s down) and cast right. 1s end in 2L's place facing down, 4s in 3M's place facing up
9-16 4s (prom hold)+2s also 1s (prom hold)+3s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 across; 1s+4s pass RSh to repeat ½ RSh reels at other end (1s up, 4s down). 1s and 4s finish side-by-side with partner, (Lady on Man's right) [Men's side 24(4)(3): Ladies' side 21(1)(3)]
17-24 1s+4s set, dance ½ RH across; 1M+4M set advancing and change places RH while 1L+4L Adv&Ret
25-32 All 4 couples circle 8H round and back. 24(1)(3)

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

Shepherd's Delight
Caroline Walker et al   Ian Shepherd Dance Collection
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

3s 4s cross on second chord.

  1-2   1s 4s set;

  3-4   1s cast WHILE 4s cast up, finishing in promenade hold, 1s facing up, 4s down;

  5-8   1s around 2L, 4s around 3L, promenade clockwise, retaining hold to finish 4s at the midpoint in the Mn's sideline facing in and up, 1s in the Ls' sideline facing in and down;

  9-12 giving right shoulder to start, 2M1s2L 3L4s3M promenade half reels of 3 across, 1s 4s retaining hold to finish right shoulder to right shoulder in the centre of the set, 1s facing up, 4s down;

13-16 giving right shoulder, 4s promenade half reel of 3 across with 2s, 1s with 3s, 1s 4s releasing hold to finish 2M4M4L3M on the Mn's side, 2L1L1M3L on the Ls';

17-18 4s 1s set facing across the set;

19-20 4s1s right hands across halfway;

21-24 1L4L advance diagonally and retire WHILE 1M4M set and cross diagonally by the right;

25-32 8 hands round and back, finishing 2s4s1s3s, 1s 3s on opposite sides.

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

Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up WHILE 3s step down.

12-13 2s 3s flow smoothly from one half reel into the next.

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