Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Jennifer's Jig

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JENNIFER'S JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Silver City Book

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set cross RH, set and cross back RH
9-16 1s+2s dance double Fig of 8 (1s cross down to start)
17-24 1s dance Inveran reels with 2s+3s
25-32 1s followed by 2s lead down 3 steps, turn RH (3 bars) and 2s lead up followed by 1s to new places. 213

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


Jennifer's Jig
John Drewry   Silver City Book
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s3s set and cross by the right;

  5-8   repeat bars 1-4 (2s finish facing out);

  9-16 1s2s double figures of 8, 1s crossing down to start, 2s finishing facing out;

17-24 1s with 2s3s Inveran reels, 2s finishing facing out;

25-27 1s followed by 2s lead down;

28-29 1s 2s turn by the right;

30-32 2s followed by 1s lead up, finishing 2s1s3s.

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


Dance Notes

  5-32 2s flow smoothly from each figure to the next.

  8-32 1s flow smoothly from each figure to the next.

    -8   2s must finish facing out, 1s in and down.

25-32 This is the progression.

28-29 Cover in these turns.

30-32 On the second time through, 1s hold back to finish in 4th place while leading up so that 3s can step up behind the 2s ready for bar 1 of the next repeat.


Jennifer's Jig (3-couple version)
John Drewry (adapted RGF)   Silver City Book
Jig   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s3s set and cross by the right;

  5-8   repeat bars 1-4 (2s finish facing out);

  9-16 1s2s double figures of 8, 1s crossing down to start, 2s finishing facing out;

17-24 1s with 2s3s Inveran reels, 2s finishing facing out;

25-27 1s followed (not closely) by 2s lead down;

28-29 2s 1s turn by the right;

30-32 2s lead up to 1st place WHILE 3s step up to 2nd place WHILE 1s lead up to 3rd place.

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


Dance Notes

  5-32 2s flow smoothly from each figure to the next.

    -8   2s must finish facing out and up, 1s in and down.

  9-32 1s flow smoothly from each figure to the next.

28-29 Cover in these turns.

30-32 These changed movements are the same as those used by considerate dancers on the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats of the standard 4-couple version.

31-32 1s must hold back to allow 3s to finish in 2nd place.


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Dance Information

This dance, Jennifer's Jig, was named to honour Jennifer Wilson of Elgin, musician and dancer who has played piano and danced throughout the Scottish country dance world.

John Drewry heard Jennifer Wilson play the tune, Jennifer's Jig, by Drummond Cook an Elgin band leader, at St Andrews one evening and the next morning at breakfast time he produced the dance for her.

Jennifer Wilson, who learned to play the piano aged 7, was the instigator of the Music Course at Summer School and at one point was the RSCDS Music Director.

Elgin is a town, Royal Burgh, and administrative and commercial centre for Moray, Scotland. Elgin is first documented in the Cartulary of Moray in 1190 AD.

It was created a Royal Burgh in the 12th century by King David I of Scotland and by that time had a castle on top of the present day Ladyhill to the west of the town.

Elgin Image
View Over Elgin, From Ladyhill, Beside The Remains Of Elgin Castle


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Text from this original Elgin Moray article on Wikipedia.
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