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The Shetland Shepherdess

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THE SHETLAND SHEPHERDESS (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Ron Wallace RSCDS Graded 3

1- 8 1s dance down between 2s, cast back to places. 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 1s+2s+3s dance mirror (reflection) reels of 3 on sides (1s cross to 2nd place own sides to begin, 2s out and up, 3s in and up). 2s finish facing out
17-20 1s+2s change places on sides (Men RH, Ladies LH), 1s+3s turn on sides (Men LH, Ladies RH) 1s ending in middle facing up, 3s in original places
21-24 1s dance up to top and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s+3s advance and retire, all clap end bar 28. 2s+1s+3s turn partners RH once round

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

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When the deviser, Ron Wallace, made a trip to Oslo (to teach Scottish country dancing) he met Caroline Nichol. Caroline, a Shetlander, was working as a shepherd and was the inspiration for the name of the dance.

The dance and music were dedicated to Ron's hostess for the trip (Susan Hagen) and the Oslo Scottish Country Dancing Group.

Shetland Shepherdess
Shetland Shepherdess
"Jacobite Shepherdess" Portrait Of Flora MacDonald Holding A Shepherd's Crook In One Hand With A Lamb At Her Side, Prints And Broadsides, c. 1745-1746

Image copyright [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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