Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Broome Rigg

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Broome Rigg
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 6:
6/8x32 Bar Jig
2-couple dance in 3, 4-couple set

  1-8   FIGURE 8: 1st and 2nd couples dance a figure of 8 across the dance (start with 1st couple crossing downwards AS 2nd couple dance up the side);

  9-16 LEAD DOWN MIDDLE AND UP IN ALLEMANDE HOLD: 1st couple followed by 2nd couple lead down the middle, keeping right hands joined both swivel to their left into allemande hold, then dance up the middle staying in the centre;

17-24 RIGG: women unwind changing sides with partner (2 bars), 2nd and 1st couples chase clockwise halfway round to original places (4 bars), and set advancing to join both hands with partner;

25-32 ANCIENT POUSSETTE: 1st and 2nd couples dance anticlockwise 1½ times around each other on a diamond pattern finishing with ½ turn to end on own sides having progressed one i.e. dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 25), dance into middle with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 26), dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 27), dance to opposite side with a ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 28), dance into middle with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 29), dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 30), dance into middle with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 31), continue turning halfway clockwise (Bar 32), and retire to own side in progressed places (N.B. a sideways polka step, or sideways skip-change of step, is used throughout).

Repeat from 2nd place.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)



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