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The Heptathlon Jig

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THE HEPTATHLON JIG (J7x32) 7 Person Set Alan W White St. Andrew Society (London)
A set of 7 dancers, 2 lines of 3 on the sides and with number 1 in the middle facing up
(Top) 2 3 4
(Top)    1
(Top) 7 6 5

1- 8 1+2+3 dance RH across; 1+6+7 dance LH across
9-16 1+3+4 dance RH across; 1+6+5 dance LH across
17-24 1+3+6 reel of 3 across (1+3 pass RSh to start)
25-28 1+2 turn RH 1½ times to change places, ending with dancer 2 in centre facing down
29-32 Dancer 2 sets, pulling back RSh to set again facing up while 1+3+4+5+6+7 set, turn to left and chase 1 place clockwise to end:
(Top) 7 1 3
(Top)    2
(Top) 8 5 4

Repeat 6 more times

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

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Dance Information

A heptathlon is a track and field combined events contest made up of seven events.

There are two heptathlons - the women's heptathlon and the men's - composed of different events. The men's heptathlon is older and is held indoors, while the women's is held outdoors and was introduced in the 1980s, first appearing in the Olympics in 1984.

Men's heptathlon

60 metres
long jump
shot put
high jump
60 metres hurdles
pole vault
1000 metres

Women's heptathlon

100 metres hurdles
High jump
Shot put
200 metres
Long jump
Javelin throw
800 metres
Jessica Ennis Heptathlon
Jessica Ennis - Women's Heptathlon, Olympic Champion, Olympic Stadium, London, 2012

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