Shepherd's Hey

This is a classic beginner dance that we have adapted locally.

Tradition: Fieldtown

Set: any number of dancers, arranged in a circle

Props: Hankies or None

Stepping: Double

Singing Intro:

Once the dancers have learned the dance, it is customary to sing the following ditty:

I can whistle, I can sing.

I can do most anything.

I can whistle, I can play.

I can dance the Shepherd’s Hey.


  • Foot Up & Up:
    • One double step forward, one double step in place, Retreat to Home.
    • REPEAT.


A series of claps and taps, as follows:

  • Front, Front, [Variable Tap]
  • Front, Front, [Variable Tap]
  • Front, Back, Front,
  • Under Right Leg, Front,
  • Under Left Leg, Front

The variable tap may be:

  • Heels (Right, then Left)
  • Hips (Right, then Left)
  • Shoulders (Right, then Left)
  • Hats (Right side, then Left side)
  • At the end: Blow Kiss.


  • FINISH: Foot Up and Caper in place instead of backing up.