Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

New Year Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

NEW YEAR JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Maureen Robson RSCDS Book 51

1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 on own sides (pass 2s RSh to start). 1L ends facing out
9-16 Reels of 3 on sides (1s+2s pass RSh to start). 1L end facing out
17-24 1L followed by 1M dances behind 2L, up between 2s, behind 2M, across set to 2nd place own side (2s step up 23-24)
25-32 1s+3s dance RH across. 2s+1s dance LH across. 1L finishes facing out, ready to start again

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


New Year Jig
Maureen Robson   RSCDS Book 51
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   Giving right shoulder to 2s to start, 1s dance figures of 8 on the sides, 1L finishing facing out;

  9-16 giving right shoulder to 2s to start, 1s dance parallel reels of 3 with 2s3s on the sides, 1L finishing facing out;

17-24 1L followed by 1M cast below 2L, cross up, cast below 2M and cross to finish in 2nd place on own sides, 1L facing out;

25-28 1s3s right hands across;

29-32 2s1s left hands across.

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


Dance Notes

  1-2   In the 3rd, 5th and 7th repeats, the former 1s cast to 4th place of the full set WHILE the new 3s step up to 3rd place of the full set.

23-24 2s step up.

    -32 In the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th repeats, 1L must finish facing out ready for bar 1 of her second repeat.
In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 1L must also finish facing out and 1M must release hands early to finish outside 2M's place, facing down, both ready to cast to 4th place of the full set on bars 1-2 of the next repeat.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

New Year Jig - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video
New Year Image
New Year Postcard, c. 1930


Image Copyright State Library of Queensland, Australia [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons.

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