Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Extra Day

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE EXTRA DAY (J8x40 in 10 bar phrases) 2C (4C set) M Frost

1-10 1s lead down middle and back to top then cast to 2nd place
11-20 1s dance RH across (1M with 3s, 1L with 2s) and dance LH across with other couple then 1s turn RH to end BtoB facing 1st corners
21-30 1s set and turn corner 2H to face 2nd corner and set to and turn 2nd corner 2H then 1s turn RH to end BtoB (Man facing up, Lady down)
31-40 1s dance reel of 3 with 2nd+1st corners (RSh to 2nd corner) and 1s cross RH to 2nd place own side and all set

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


Dance Information

This jig was devised in 2004 to celebrate leap year, with an additional purpose of creating an extra opportunity to dance to the great tune The Wee Cooper Of Fife.

The 10 bar phrasing in The Wee Cooper can be challenging for new dancers; an opportunity to tackle the phrasing in the less demanding figures of The Extra Day might, as the deviser hopes, help them get (even) more enjoyment out of The Wee Cooper.

Extra Day Leap Year Image
Leap Year Postcard, c. 1908


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