Scottish Country Dance InstructionBloody Catheter Anne Dejean
32-bar jig for four couples in a longwise set
1 - 4 1st man, 2nd woman, 3rd man and 4th woman advance for 2 steps while their partners retire for 2 steps, then all dance back to place.
5 - 8 All chase clockwise halfway round.
9 - 16 Repeat bars 1 - 8 from these new positions.
17 - 24 1st and 2nd couples dance half rights and lefts, then 1st and 3rd couples dance half rights and left.
25 - 32 1st and 4th couples dance half rights and lefts, then all, giving right hands, turn partners one and a half times to finish on own sides in the order 2341.
Repeat from new positions.
(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Anne Dejean June 2021)
Dance NotesIf many dancers are complete beginners, like in a ceilidh, the advancing and retiring part may get into a mess. You may then adapt in two different ways.
1. Bars 1-4 all men advance for 2 bars while all women retire, then all dance back to place, and bars 9-12 all women advance for two bars while all men retire, then all dance back to place.
2. Those who start the dance advancing will always advance during the four times through, and those who start retiring will always retire, so that you can keep the shape of waves.
(Dance notes by the deviser, Anne Dejean)
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Dance InformationThis jig, Bloody Catheter, was written from a hospital room by Anne Dejean.
This is a very easy dance, more like a ceilidh dance, or suitable for warming up.
One day, two nurses had difficulties in inserting a catheter in my arm, they needed a few tries to achieve it, which was not a very nice experience. After a little while, I decided I would make something funny out of this bad and painful moment.
Bars 1-4 and 9-12, the advancing dancers represent the approaching catheter, whereas the retiring dancers symbolise the fleeing vein.
(Dance information with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean)
Published in Bloody Catheter, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean.
Published in The Remission Book collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean.