Shiftin' Bobbins

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Dance details

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Name: Shiftin' Bobbins Type: Reel Bars: 32
Set: 4 Couple longwise (3 couple dance) Devised by: R Clowes
Published in: Ormskirk 6 Published year: Unknown
Own music: Yes Suggested music: N/A

Dance instructions

1 - 4 1s cross down right hand into double triangles & set.
5 - 8 1s dance out between corners, cast up around 2s, dance down to the middle of the set ready for 3 hands across with the 2s & 3s.
9 - 16 1s, 2s & 3s dance 3 hands across once round: 1st lady with 2nd & 3rd men & 1st man with 2nd & 3rd ladies. 1s followed by 2s & 3s dance down the middle of the set.
17 - 24 1s, 2s & 3s turn towards their partner and face up, 3s followed by 2s & 1s dance up the middle of the set. 3s & 2s cast off to their own places. 1s, 2s & 3s dance 3 hands across once round: 1st lady with 2nd & 3rd men & 1st man with 2nd & 3rd ladies.
25 - 28 1s dance up to top and cast to 2nd place on opposite sides.
29 - 32 1s ½ figure of eight around the 2s to end in 2nd place on their own sides.

Background

The dance depicts winding bobbins (3 hands across on the sides) and shuttles moving back and forth (down the middle and up)