Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Diamond Jig (Robson)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

DIAMOND JIG 80 bar jig in a 4 couple square set by Maureen Robson 2018

1-8 All 4 women dance right hands across then pass their partners by the left to return to place. (2nd and 4th couples leave a space between partners.)
9-16 1st and 3rd couples dance figures of eight in tandem. 1st couple around 4th couple, 1st woman passing 4th woman by the left, the lead then changing to 1st man to complete the figure of eight to return to place. Similarly, 3rd couple dances a figure of eight around 2nd couple and returns to place.
17-24 All 4 men dance left hands across then pass their partners by the right to return to place. (1st and 3rd couples leave a space between partners.)
25-32 2nd and 4th couples dance figures of eight in tandem. 2nd couple around 3rd couple, 2nd man passing 3rd man by the right, the lead then changing to 2nd woman to complete the figure of eight to return to place. Similarly 4th couple dances a figure of eight around 1st couple and returns to place.
33-36 1st and 3rd couples set to and turn partners ¾ right hands to finish in a line of four up and down the dance.
37-44 1st and 3rd couples dance a reel of four.
45-48 1st and 3rd couples set to and turn partners ¾ left hands back to place
49-64 2nd and 4th couples dance bars 33 - 48 with their reel being across the dance. All face their corners.
65-80 All give right hand to change place with corners (2 bars) and continue one more place left hand (2 bars) as in a grand chain then turn the next dancer right hands all the way round (4 bars). Continue back to place giving left hand then right hand then turn partners left hand all the way round, bringing the women to the centre for the bow and curtsy.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Maureen Robson, 2018)


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Dance Information

Also see the dance Diamond Jig (Haworth) by Jim Haworth.

This dance, Diamond Jig (Robson), was devised by the Tawa SCD Club tutor, Maureen Robson, to celebrate the Tawa SCD Club's 60th anniversary in 2018.

Music was especially composed for the dance by Wellington musician Peter Elmes.

Other suitable recorded music is 'Laird o' Dochart's Reel' on Dances from the Collections of Mary Isdale MacNab, Volume 2, played by the Muriel Johnstone Ensemble.



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