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Pelorus Jack

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

PELORUS JACK (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Skelton RSCDS Bk 41

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, dance RH across with 3s and 1s end with Man facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him
9-16 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel of 3 with 1st corners, 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel with 2nd corners
17-24 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reels of 3 with Ladies 1st corner (pstn), 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel with Ladies 2nd corner (pstn)
25-32 1M followed by partner dance into LH across with 2s, 1s retain LH and ½ turn to own sides and 2s+1s+3s set

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


Pelorus Jack
Barry Skelton   RSCDS Book 41
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

1-4      1s cross by the right and cast;
5-8      1s3s right hands across, finishing with 1M, followed by 1L, facing 1M's first corner;
9-10    1s (as one person) giving right shoulders, dance the first half of a half diagonal reel of 3 with first corners, 1M making a large loop so that 1L can overtake him, finishing both facing inwards;
11-12  1s (as one person) dance the second half of the half diagonal reel of 3 with 1L leading, finishing facing 1M's second corner;
13-16  repeat bars 9-12 with second corners and with 1L leading and making a large loop so that 1M can overtake her, finishing facing 1L's first corner position;
17-20  repeat bars 9-12 with 1L's first corner position, finishing facing 1L's second corner position;
21-24  repeat bars 13-16 with 1L's second corner position, finishing with 1M leading;
25-28  2s1s left hands across;
29-30  1s turn by the left to own sides, finishing in 2nd place;
31-32  2s1s3s set on the sides.

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


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Dance Information

Pelorus Jack was a Risso's dolphin that was famous for meeting and escorting ships through a stretch of water in Cook Strait, New Zealand, between 1888 and 1912.

Pelorus Jack was usually spotted in Admiralty Bay between Cape Francis and Collinet Point, near French Pass, a channel used by ships travelling between Wellington and Nelson.

Pelorus Jack - Risso's Dolphin
Risso's Dolphin Like Pelorus Jack


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