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Village 11. The Short Easy Sotiisi Flying on Shovels l Riding Rainbows I Climbing Waterfalls

Country 14. Southern Highland Schottische Uplifting Air I Rolling HillsI The Attempted Picnic

Town 10. Showdown Schottische Dueling Lovers I Measure for Measure I Sash vers Sporan I Face-off Swing

Court 13. Swish, Switch and Swing Side-by-Side I Back-to-Front I Under and Over I Heart-to-Heart

The Purple Tulip
(extracted from Lost Dances of Earthly Delights, Volume 1 - Autumn 15)


Rise up Shepherd and Follow


Form a double circle of as many couples as will facing along the l.o.d., M on inside on his r.knee holding inside hs with W on outside, M holding W's l.h. with his r.h.. Start with outside foot. Prepare for schottische steps and slow walking steps. Finish sequence having travelled around the l.o.d.. and progressed one place, M against l.o.d, W along l.o.d. Dance the 24-bar schottische sequence as many times as will.


There's a star in the East

on Christmas morn,

Rise up shepherd and follow.


M lowers to r.knee while W, with 2 schottische steps dances acw around M then he rises and they both take 4 slow steps forward (M's first movement is onto the l.f. he already has weight on).

It will lead to the place

where the Saviour's born,

Rise up shepherd and follow.


W on her l.knee while M dances cw around W with 2 schottische steps then she rises and they both take 4 slow steps forward (W's first movement is onto l.f. she already has weight on).

Leave your sheep and leave your lambs

Rise up shepherd and follow.


Schottische away from partner until inside arms are outstretched, pull on joined inside hs just before releasing to schottische towards partner then into a short arm 'basket' hold and turn as a couple with 4 step-hops.

Leave your ewes and leave your rams.

Rise up shepherd and follow.


Schottische away from partner, clapping on 'hop/lift' and back, but this time M goes back behind partner turning over r.sh. to face new on coming W, then take new partner in ballroom hold and, with 4 step-hops, turn as a couple 1 1/2; cw finishing M facing along l.o.d. W against.

Follow, follow,

Rise up shepherd and follow.


With M backing W, chassée into centre on M's l.diagonal looking over joined hs, out on M's r.diagonal looking over shoulders, then turn as a couple with 4 step-hops.

Follow the star of Bethlehem.
Rise up shepherd and follow.


M pushes on W's back with his r.h. at same time as raising his l.arm, and guides W acw around in front of him, then behind him, she trailing her l.arm across his stomach as she goes and he slipping  r.h. under W's l.arm so as to resume ballroom hold then turn as a couple with 4 step-hops.


This is a traditional American carol, first published as 'A Christmas Plantation Song' in Slave Songs of the United States, ed. W.F. Allen et.al. 1867. The songs in this collection were mostly collected during the Civil War from slaves on islands off Georgia and South Carolina. The Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols sees the tune as related to several British folk songs and indeed to a Welsh Christmas carol.


To make the most of these snazzy Scandinavian figures be sure to share weight. To get around twice when turning as a couple with the step-hops in B1, B2 and C the M should step around the W with his l.f. while she steps between his feet adn along the l.o.d. with her r.f. and then vice-versa. The dance figures echo the lyric. The reference to the 'star in the East' and to 'leading to a place' are matched with the M and W tracing circles around the other. The exaltation to follow is matched with the rising from bended knee and being lead by the other. Both drift away from each other when urged to 'leave your sheep and lambs', and drift so far away when urged to 'leave ewes and rams' that they find new partners. The M mirrors the W on parallel chassées when urged to 'follow, follow', and the W traces a final orbit around the M when they are urged to 'follow the star'.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Form pairs of couples facing forward along l.o.d., 2s behind 1s, M on inside W outside, holding inside hs with partner and outside hs with same gender neighbour (in front or behind) to form team. Start outside foot (M's l.f. W's r.f.). Prepare for combinations of 2 schottische steps (step, together, step, hop) and 4 step-hops throughout. Finish sequence in original formation, but having travelled along the l.o.d. Dance the 32-bar schottische sequence once through then either stop and bring in new dancers or repeat without stopping.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Take 2 schottische steps forward.

Had a very shiny nose,


Take 4 step-hops-forward.

And if you ever saw it,


Schottische forward then all let go of hs.

You could even say it glows.


With step-hops solo mirror turn single and retake hs.

All of the other reindeer


Schottische forward then without letting go of hs.

Used to laugh and call him names;


With step-hops rear couple arch over front couple and untwist.

They never let poor Rudolph


Schottische forward.

Join in any reindeer games.


With step hops new rear couple arch back to place.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,


Schottische forward.

Santa came to say:


With step-hops and releasing with front couple only releasing partner's hand mirror hand cast on sides to exchange places.

'Rudolph with your nose so bright,


Rejoin hs in harness and schottische forward.

Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?'


Front couple only releasing partner's h. cast on sides to change back

Then how the reindeer loved him


Rejoin hs in harness and schottische forward.

As they shouted out with glee,


With step-hops and releasing hs with partner but retaining them on the side mirror hand cast on side once all way around.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,


Take waist-shoulder hold with partner and schottische forward.

You'll go down in history.'


With 4 step-hops turn as a couple cw once round, finish sliding into holding inside hand.


Johnny Marks created the character of shiny-nosed Rudolph for a publicity pamphlet as part of the Christmas sales campaign of an American mail-order company. He later turned the image into a song which cowboy star Gene Autry sung at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1949. The song went on to be one of the most successful songs of all time - with 140 million recordings by 500 different performers.


To get Rudolph all harnessed up and ready to fly down out of the Artic I've sequenced in this dance some wonderful jenkka/sottiis figures from the 4-horse carriage dance common to Finland and Sweden. You can flow without stopping from one time through the dance into a second and third time - either in same foursome, or, by switching direction with outside hand upon a prearranged prompt and harnessing yourself with a new couple in front or behind, danced in alternating roles.


Variant: You can start with just one (or a few) pairs of couples dancing, and then, by stopping after each time through the song and finding a new couples to join you and your partner, you can snowball into everyone dancing.

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