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A Capital Jig

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A CAPITAL JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Tine E MacKay 5 dances 2009

1- 8 1s+2s set and rotate and end 1s facing up, 2s down:
 Set, rotate singly and dance on 1 place clockwise, change places RH on sides and dance on 1 place to own sides (1s in 2nd place facing up)
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 on own sides (RSh to 2s)
17-24 1s set and turn ¾ RH to face own sides, 1s dance LH across (1L with 2s, 1M with 3s) to end 2nd place opposite sides
25-32 1s set and turn ¾ RH to face opposite sides, 1s dance LH across (1M with 2s, 1L with 3s) ending 2nd place own sides

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

A Capital Jig
Tine MacKay 5 dances 2009
Jig 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1s2s set and rotate, finishing 2s facing down, 1s up;

  9-16 2s1s3s parallel reels of three on own sides, 2s1s giving right shoulder to start;

17-20 1s set and turn by the right to finish on the centre line, facing own sides;

21-24 2s1L 1M3s left hands across, 1s finishing on opposite sides;

25-28 1s set and turn by the right to finish on the centre line, facing opposite sides;

31-32 2s1M 1L3s left hands across, finishing 2s1s3s on own sides.

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

Dance Notes

    -16 The official instructions require 1M to pull right shoulder back to finish facing in but pulling left shoulder back flows better from the end of the reel.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

This dance was devised by Tine MacKay, principal instructor for The Harrisburg Scottish Country Dance Society.

Tine first started teaching in 1997 and in 2004 became a fully certificated RSCDS teacher of Scottish Country Dancing, teaching workshops and classes throughout North America.

This dance was published in the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society publication "5 Dances" in 2009 and reached the top 30 most popular Scottish country dances, in 2022.

Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States, and the seat of Dauphin County and is situated on the east bank of the Susquehanna River.
Capital versus Capitol:

Capital here refers to a city that serves as the seat of a country's or state's government (not accumulated wealth or uppercase letters).

Capitol (named after the Capitoline Hill in Rome) is usually a legislative building where a legislature meets and makes laws for its respective political entity.

Downtown Harrisburg, capital city of Pennsylvania
Downtown Harrisburg, Capital City Of Pennsylvania, And The Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Across The Susquehanna River

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