Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Bill Jacob's Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BILL JACOB'S JIG (J4x32) 4C set Ruary Laidlaw Lochiel Collection

1- 8 1s+3s cast behind lines (4 bars) and cast back to places
9-16 1s+3s set, cross down diagonally to 1s between 2nd and 3rd place, 3s below 4th place. 1L+3L, followed by partners, cast up behind Men and cross back to original places
17-24 RSh reels of 4 on sides. 1L finish facing out
25-32 1L followed by 1M casts below 4s, crosses into 4M place pulling back RSh to face 1M in 4L place (2s+3s+4s step up 27-28) All turn partner RH (1s turn 1½ times)

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

Bill Jacob's Jig
A 4 x 32 bar jig for four couples in a longwise set.

1 - 8 The first and third couples cast off for four steps behind their own lines, and cast back to place.
9-12 The first couple set to each other and cross diagonally down to finish on the opposite side between the second and third couples.
At the same time third couple set to each other and cross diagonally down to finish below the fourth couple.
13-16 The first and third ladies cast back up behind the second and fourth men respectively and cross back to their original places and finish facing down the dance, followed by their partners who also finish in their own places facing down the dance.
17-24 The second and fourth couples face up and all four couples dance reels of four on their own side of the dance giving right shoulders to begin. The first lady finishes facing out and the man facing across the dance.
25-28 The first lady followed by her partner casts off to the bottom of the set and crosses over to the men's side of the dance turning round by the right on the last step to face her partner. Her partner finishes in fourth place on the ladies' side.
The second third and fourth couples join hands and move up on bars 27 and 28.
29-32 All four couples turn their partner by the right hand round for four steps to finish on their own sides. The first couple turn one and a half times.
The new first and third couples finish the turn ready to cast off for the beginning of the dance.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 2001)

Dance Notes

This dance, Bill Jacob's Jig, was devised to provide a simple introduction to Reels of Four on the side of the dance for Elementary dancers.

Dance Information

Bill Jacob has been a long standing member of the Lochiel Club. He has a passionate interest and knowledge about a wide variety of music as well as the sound systems to reproduce it faithfully. Luckily for the Lochiel Club, SCD music has been a large part of his interest.

Bill has spent huge amounts of his spare time making sure that the club had the best possible sound system, an easy to use index for the tutor and music that meant that the dancers got the best possible tunes to dance to. Just recently (2004) the club has bought a fairly expensive laptop computer (at his suggestion) to, not only run our system, but also store all the music.

Dance information by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw.

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