Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Ghost And Mary Jo

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE GHOST AND MARY JO (J5x32) 5 Person Set Sue McKinnell
2L   2M
1L   1M

1- 8 1s set, cast (2s step up); 1s set and turn LH to 1M facing 2L with 1L following
9-16 1s in tandem dance RSh reel of 3 across with 2s (RSh to 2L to start). At end of reel 1L takes lead and faces 3M
17-24 1s in tandem dance RSh reel of 3 with 2M+3M (RSh to 3M to start). 1s end in 2nd place own side
25-32 1s turn RH; All set, 1M cast to 3rd place while 3M steps up

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

The Ghost And Mary Jo 6X32 Jig for 5 people by Sue McKinnell
Set is 1C, 2C, and 3M.

1-8 1C set, cast off 1 place, set, and turn LH to end 1M facing 2W with 1W right behind him. 2C step up on bars 3-4.
9-16 Dancing as a unit, 1C dances a RS reel across the set with 2C, giving RS to 2W to begin. On the last loop of the reel, 1M dances wide to allow 1W to take the lead and end facing 3M with 1M right behind her.
17-24 Dancing as a unit, 1C dances a RS reel on the sides of the set with 2M and 3M, passing 3M RS to begin and ending by dancing into the set in 2nd place to end on own sides.
25-32 1C turn once round LH (4 bars). All set on the sides and 1M casts off as 3M steps up.


(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Apr 2018)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Mary Jo asked for a dance with a permanent ghost for when there are only 5 people for dancing and this is what I came up with.

Suggested music is Jig Set (6X32) Miss Ogilvie's Fancy by Green Ginger.

(Dance information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)

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