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The Cumberland Jig

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The Cumberland Jig
Anon   RSCDS Book 1 (adapted by Reuben Freemantle)
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set
This is a version of Cumberland Reel with only 8 bars for the casting and leading back up starting on bar 17. Beginners find this timing more intuitive than the 12-bar timing in the RSCDS original.

  1-4   1s2s right hands across;

  5-8   1s2s left hands across;

  9-16 1s take both hands and slip down and back;

17-20 1s followed by 2s 3s 4s cast on own sides to the bottom;

21-24 with nearer hands joined, 1s followed by 2s 3s 4s lead to the top, 2s finishing in 1st place;

25-28 taking right hands, 1s lead down under arches made by 2s 3s 4s;

29-32 2s 3s 4s 1s turn by the right, slowly.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  9-16 It is easier to flow into the casting after leading up with slip step; if skip change is preferred, lead down with nearer hands joined, finish facing each other on bar 12 and lead up with nearer hands joined.

17-22 Take 4 bars to get to the bottom.

23-28 Take 4 bars to get back to 1 place higher than you started ready for the arches.


The Cumberland Jig (3-couple version)
Anon   RSCDS Book 1 (adapted by Reuben Freemantle)
Jig   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set
This is a version of Cumberland Reel for 3 couples and with only 8 bars for the casting and leading back up starting on bar 17. Beginners find this timing more intuitive than the 12-bar timing in the RSCDS original.

  1-4   1s2s right hands across;

  5-8   1s2s left hands across;

  9-16 1s take both hands and slip down and back;

17-20 1s followed by 2s 3s cast on own sides to the bottom;

21-24 with nearer hands joined, 1s followed by 2s 3s lead to the top, 2s finishing in 1st place;

25-28 taking right hands, 1s lead down under arches made by 2s 3s;

29-32 2s 3s 1s turn by the right, slowly.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  9-16 It is easier to flow into the casting after leading up with slip step; if skip change is preferred, lead down with nearer hands joined, finish facing each other on bar 12 and lead up with nearer hands joined.

17-22 Take 4 bars to get to the bottom.

23-28 Take 4 bars to get back to 1 place higher than you started ready for the arches.


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