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The Three Bonnie Maidens

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THE THREE BONNIE MAIDENS (The Graces) (S8x32) 3C (4C set) D Gracie RSCDS Book 25

1- 8 1s+2s+3s Adv&Ret 1 step twice, circle 6H round to left ½ way
9-16 3s+2s+1s Adv&Ret 1 step twice, circle 6H round to right ½ way back to places
17-24 1s+2s circle 4H round to left ½ way and change places RH with partners, 1s+3s circle 4H round to left and change places RH with partners
25-32 1s set, cast up to 2nd place, 2s+1s+3s turn RH

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

I suggest The Three Bonnie Maidens (The Graces) that are alluded to in this dance title are familial to the deviser D Gracie.

I also suggest that this is possibly a reference to the many works of art entitled The Three Graces dating back to the 16th-century painting by Raphael.

I could well be wrong on both counts, so don't quote me!

Pictured below is Antonio Canova's statue The Three Graces, a Neoclassical sculpture, in marble, of the mythological three charites, daughters of Zeus - identified on some engravings of the statue as, from left to right, Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia - who were said to represent beauty, charm and joy. The Graces presided over banquets and gatherings primarily to entertain and delight the guests of the Gods.

Three Bonnie Maidens Statue
Three Bonnie Maidens
"Three Graces" Antonio Canova (1757-1822), Marble Statue, c. 1813-1816

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