Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Thelma's Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Thelma's Jig
Bill Forbes   Leaflet
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s cross by the right;

  3-4   1s cast to 3rd place WHILE 2s3s take hands on the sides and step up;

  5-8   3s1s right hands across, finishing in promenade hold, 3s facing up, 1s down;

  9-16 2M3s2L 4M1s4L reels of 3 across, 3s2L 4M1s giving right shoulder to start, finishing 2M3M3L4M in the Mn's sideline, 2L1L1M4L in the Ls';

17-20 3s1s 4 hands round to the left, finishing, with nearer hands joined, 3M1L facing up and back-to-back with 3L1M facing down;

21-24 3M1L lead up and cast to 2nd position on own sides WHILE 3L1M lead down and cast up to 3rd position on opposite sides;

25-28 3s1s half ladies' chain across, 3s finishing in 2nd place on own sides, 1M in 3L's place facing out, 1L outside 3M's place facing down;

29-30 1s cast to 4th place on opposite sides WHILE 4s step up;

31-32 1s cross by the right, finishing 2s3s4s1s.

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

Dance Notes

15-16 3s 1s hold back to finish the reels of 3 across in the sidelines.

    -24 3M finish outside 2M's place facing down, 1M outside 3L's place facing up, ready for the ladies' chain.

    -28 1L must hold back to finish outside 3rd position on the opposite side; 1M should omit the polite turn to finish facing out in 3rd place on the opposite side.

Dance Information

This dance was devised for Thelma Lewis on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

The traditional jig tune, Merrily Danced the Quaker's Wife, is recommended.

Additional search terms: Thelmas.

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