Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The White Heather Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE WHITE HEATHER JIG (J4x40) 4C set James B. Cosh 22 SCDs

1- 8 1s turn RH and cast to 2nd place, turn 1½ LH to end between 2s facing opposite sides
9-16 1s+2s dance reel of 4 across, 1s pass RSh to face 1st corners
17-24 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner, to end between 3s facing opposite sides
25-32 1s+3s dance reel of 4 across, 1s end in middle between 3s and 4s
33-40 1s turn LH, cast to 4th place on own side and turn RH

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


The White Heather Jig
James B. Cosh   22 Scottish Country Dances (and 2 more)
Jig   4 x 40 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s turn by the right and cast;

  5-8   1s turn by the left;

  9-16 2M1L1M2L reel of 4 across;

17-24 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner;

25-32 3M1L1M3L reel of 4 across;

33-36 1s turn by the left and cast;

37-40 1s turn by the right.

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

Dance Notes

  1-40 Keep the set wide so that the dancing couple have space to start the reels neatly with the right shoulder.

  1-2   A quick turn (elbow grip).

  3-4   2s step up by going diagonally inward and then outward.

  5-8   A normal long arm turn.

    -16 2s finish the reel of 4 across in 1st place.

17-24 Quick turns (elbow grip) but be careful not to go too far on the last turn.

    -32 3s finish the reel of 4 across in 2nd place.


The White Heather Jig (3-couple version)
James B. Cosh   22 Scottish Country Dances (and 2 more)
Jig   3 x 40 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s turn by the right;

  3-4   1s cast;

  5-8   1s turn by the left to finish 1L facing 2M, 1M facing 2L;

  9-16 2M1L1M2L reel of 4 across;

17-24 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner, finishing 1L facing 3M, 1M facing 3L;

25-32 3M1L1M3L reel of 4 across, finishing at the starting position;

33-36 3M1L 1M3L turn by the right, 3s finishing in 2nd place (3L turn on the spot to finish);

37-40 1s turn by the left, finishing in 3rd place.

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

Dance Notes

  1-40 Keep the set wide so that the dancing couple have space to start the reels neatly with the right shoulder.

  1-2   A quick turn (elbow grip).

  3-4   2s step up by going diagonally inward and then outward.

  5-8   A normal long arm turn.

    -16 2s finish the reel of 4 across in 1st place.

17-24 Quick turns (elbow grip) but be careful not to go too far on the last turn.

33-40 These are the changed movements; use long arm grip for these turns.


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