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Four Double Six Six Four Jig

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FOUR DOUBLE SIX SIX FOUR (46664) Jig (J4x64) 4C set Andrew Hodgson and Heather McBurnie 40 Years On

1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round and back
9-16 1s cross down and dance reflection reels of 3 on opposite sides
17-24 1s cross down and dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides
25-32 1s Set&Cast down to 4th place and 2s+3s+4s step up on bars 27-28, 1s cross up and face up between 2nd and 3rd places
33-40 1M dances RH across with 3L+4L as 1L dances LH across with 3M+4M, 1s Cross&Cast to 4th places own sides
41-48 1s cross up and dance reels of 3 on opposite sides with 3s+4s (dancing up round 3s to start)
49-56 1s cross up and dance reels of 3 on own sides with 3s+4s (dancing up round 3s to start)
57-64 4s+1s dance 4H round and back

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


Dance Notes

The above form appears to be the more authentic but an alternative published version exists which differs only as follows:

25-32 1s set advancing to meet in middle with nearer hands joined facing down, 1s dance down for 4 bars to 4th place as 2s+3s+4s join hands and step up on bars 27-28 then 1s set.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

46664 was Nelson Mandela's prisoner number, issued when he was incarcerated on Robben Island in 1964; he was transferred to Pollsmoor prison on health grounds and later to Victor Verster prison from which he was released in 1990.

Following his five-year term as President of South Africa, he used Four Double Six Six Four as the name for a series of charity concerts intended to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the country.

The dance was devised in July 2008 in honour of the world icon on the occasion of his 90th birthday. It was first performed on Saturday, 18 July 2009, the inaugural Mandela Day. The dance echoes his prison number in both the number of bars and the number of dancers; the cross-over reels represent the pattern of an AIDS ribbon.

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela


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