Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hooper's Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HOOPER'S JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 2

1- 8 All clap and 1s cross passing RSh, cast to 2nd place and dance RH across with 3s
9-16 All clap and 1s cross passing RSh, cast to 1st place and dance LH across with 2s
17-24 1M+3L change places RH and 1L+3M change places RH (as 1M+3L loop round), 1M+3L change places RH (as 1L+3M loop round) and 1L+3M cross LH 1L ending in 2nd place (as 1M casts to 2nd place), 2s step up on bars 23-24
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L. 213

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

Hooper's Jig
Anon   99 More Scottish Country Dances
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   All clap, 1s cross (giving right shoulder, no hands) and cast;

  5-8   1s3s right hands across;

  9-12 all clap, 1s cross (giving right shoulder, no hands) and cast up;

13-16 1s2s left hands across;

17-18 1M3L cross diagonally by the right;

19-20 1L3M cross diagonally by the right;

21-22 1M3L cross diagonally by the right;

23-24 1M cast WHILE 2s step up WHILE 1L3M cross diagonally by the left, 1L finishing in 2nd place;

25-32 2s1s rights and lefts.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

  7-8   2s step down.

    -16 All back in original places.

19-20 1M 3L loop to the right.

21-22 1L 3M loop to the right.

23-24 1L3M cross diagonally by the left WHILE 2s step up WHILE 1M cast.

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Dance Information

Also see the dance Hooper's Double Jig by Iain MacLennan-Brown.

The word hooper is an archaic English term for a person who aided a cooper in the building of barrels by creating the hoop for the barrel.

The wooden parts that make up a barrel are called staves, while the rings that hold them together are called hoops. Barrel hoops are generally made of galvanised iron, though historically they were made of flexible bits of wood called withies. While wooden hoops could require barrels to be "fully hooped", with hoops stacked tightly together along the entire top and bottom third of a barrel, iron-hooped barrels require fewer hoops.

Barrel Making - Information Video

Hooped Barrel
Denominations Of The Different Parts That Make Up An Oak Wine Barrel, Such As Staves And Hoops

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