Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Jill's Dental Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Jill's Dental Jig 8x40 bar Jig for 3 Couples Rod Downey They Stole My Wife From Me last Night Collection
A three couple 40 bar Jig

1-2 First and second men join nearer hands with forearms together and extended advance towards first and second ladies.
First and second ladies clap 3 times on bar 2.
3-4 First and second men retire as above.
5-8 First and second couples set.
9-12 First woman follows first man in a chase down the middle.
13-16 First couple set turning on the spot one and a half times to finish facing up, man behind lady.
17-20 First man follows first woman in a chase up the middle of the set under an arch made by the third couple, finishing in the middle facing up with first woman still in front of first man.
21-24 First couple casts off to second place on opposite sides and crosses over to second place on own sides giving left hands. Second couple step up on bars 21 and 22.
25-28 First lady dances 3 hands across with second couple (RH) while First man dances 3 hands across with the third couple.
29-32 First lady dances 3 hands across with third couple (LH) while First man dances 3 hands across with the second couple. First couple finishes facing first corners.
33-40 First couple set to corner and partner, with all clapping at beginning of bar 39.

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)


Dance Information

This exceptionally silly dance, Jill's Dental Jig, was devised in August 2004, at TAC Summer School.

Marjorie McLaughlin was teaching "Jill's Gentle Jig," which, because of my Australian accent, I heard as "Jill's (or Joe's, maybe) Dental Jig."

The dance was developed after prolonged and rather hilarious discussion with Eileen Hsu (and others). Clearly the dance is just for fun. Actually it is not that easy to dance well, and the transition at the end of bar 32 is tricky.

The symbolism: Clapping represents pain.

1-4 is the injection, 5-8 the anesthetic taking effect, 9-20 the drilling and the bridge, 21-24 flossing, 25-32 polishing, 33-40 the relieved escape, with the final clap the arrival of the bill.

The recommended tune is "The Rakish Highlandman," as played in the "Music For Book 19" published by the RSCDS.

(Dance information from They Stole My Wife From Me Last Night Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey)



Published in They Stole My Wife From Me Last Night Collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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