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The Chiswick Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Chiswick Jig
Murrough Landon  2018
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   Taking nearer hands, 1s lead down below 3s, release hands and cast up to 2nd place;

  5-8   1s turn 1ΒΌ by the right to finish on the centre line, M above L;

  9-12 2s1M 1L3s left hands across;

13-16 2s1L 1M3s right hands across, 1s finishing facing first corners;

17-24 2M1s3L diagonal reel of 4, 1s passing right shoulder to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides, all facing clockwise;

25-28 all chase halfway;

29-32 3s2s chase halfway WHILE 1s turn by the right, finishing 2s1s3s on own sides.

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


Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

The deviser is a welcome advocate of the style in which each figure flows naturally into the succeeding figure.


The Chiswick Jig (J8x32) A 32 bar jig for three couples in a four couple longwise set. Murrough Landon.

1-4 1st couple dance down below 3rd couple and cast up to 2nd place own sides. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4.
5-8 1st couple turn one and a quarter times with the right hand to end on the centre line with 1st man above 1st woman.
9-16 1st man with 2nd couple and 1st woman with 3rd couple dance left hands across. 1st couple pass left shoulder and dance right hands across with the other couple and end facing their 1st corners.
17-24 1st couple dance a diagonal reel of four with their 1st corners, starting by passing right shoulder. 1st couple end by passing each other right shoulder to 2nd place on opposite sides.
25-28 All three couples flow into a chase half way round the set clockwise.
29-32 3rd and 2nd couples continue chasing back to place while 1st couple turn once round with the right hand ending in the order 213.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Murrough Landon, CC BY-SA Feb 2018)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance Information

This dance, The Chiswick Jig, was devised in answer to a request by the Chiswick Scottish Country Dance Club for a fairly simple warm up jig to use as the first dance on a programme.

Recommended Music: Maureen Robson's Jig (Peter Elmes).

(Dance Information compiled by the deviser, Murrough Landon, CC BY-SA Jun 2015)


Chiswick Scottish Country Dance Club meet at St Michael and All Angels Hall, Bedford Park, W4 1TX.
Chiswick Jig, St Michael And All Angels Church Image
St Michael And All Angels Church (East End), Bedford Park


Image Copyright John Salmon under this Creative Commons Licence.

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