Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Daffodil Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Daffodil Jig (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 2008

1-8 Giving right hands, the 1st couple cross over and cast off one place on opposite sides, cross up between the 2nd couple and cast off to second place on own sides; the 2nd couple step up on bars 7-8
9-12 The 1st couple dance a petronella turn, ending with the woman between the 2nd couple facing down, the man between the 3rd couple facing up, and set
13-16 The 1st couple dance a petronella turn into second place on opposite sides and set
17-20 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples, with hands joined, advance and retire
21-24 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six hands halfway round to the left
25-28 The 1st couple dance half diagonal rights and lefts with the 3rd woman and the 2nd man; to begin the 1st man dances down and the 1st woman dances up
29-32 The 1st couple dance half diagonal rights and lefts with the 3rd man and the 2nd woman; to begin the 1st man dances down and the 1st woman dances up

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Information

This dance, The Daffodil Jig, was devised to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Marie Curie Cancer Care (1948-2008).

Suggested tune: The Teddy Bears' Picnic or something similar.

Devised 2008, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 2008, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.


Marie Curie is a registered charitable organisation in the United Kingdom which provides care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families.

It was established in 1948, the same year as the National Health Service.

The logo for the Marie Curie Charity is a big, bright daffodil.


Marie Skłodowska Curie, born Maria Salomea Skłodowska (1867 - 1934), was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.

She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields. She was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, in what was then the Kingdom of Poland, part of the Russian Empire. She studied at Warsaw's clandestine Flying University and began her practical scientific training in Warsaw. In 1891, aged 24, she followed her older sister Bronisława to study in Paris, where she earned her higher degrees and conducted her subsequent scientific work. She shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband Pierre Curie and physicist Henri Becquerel. She won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Her achievements include the development of the theory of radioactivity (a term she coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world's first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms using radioactive isotopes. She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and in Warsaw, which remain major centres of medical research today. During World War I she developed mobile radiography units to provide X-ray services to field hospitals.

Marie Curie - Information Video

Marie Curie
Marie Curie, c. 1911


Dance information from The Marie Curie Suite Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Marie Curie - Charity article on Wikipedia.
Text from this original Marie Curie article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Fotograv. - Generalstabens Litografiska Anstalt Stockholm / Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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