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Pelorus Jack

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PELORUS JACK (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Skelton RSCDS Book 41

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, dance RH across with 3s. 1s end with Man facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him
9-16 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel of 3 with 1st corners, 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel with 2nd corners
17-24 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reels of 3 with Lady's 1st corner (pstn), 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel with Lady's 2nd corner (pstn)
25-32 1M followed by partner dance into LH across with 2s, 1s retain LH and ½ turn to own sides and 2s+1s+3s set

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

Pelorus Jack
Barry Skelton   RSCDS Book 41
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross by the right and cast;

  5-8   1s3s right hands across, finishing with 1M, followed by 1L, facing 1M's first corner;

  9-10 1s (as one person) giving right shoulders, dance the first half of a half diagonal reel of 3 with first corners, 1M making a large loop so that 1L can overtake him, finishing both facing inwards;

11-12 1s (as one person) dance the second half of the half diagonal reel of 3 with 1L leading, finishing facing 1M's second corner;

13-16 repeat bars 9-12 with second corners and with 1L leading and making a large loop so that 1M can overtake her, finishing facing 1L's first corner position;

17-20 repeat bars 9-12 with 1L's first corner position, finishing facing 1L's second corner position;

21-24 repeat bars 13-16 with 1L's second corner position, finishing with 1M leading;

25-28 2s1s left hands across;

29-30 1s turn by the left to own sides, finishing in 2nd place;

31-32 2s1s3s set on the sides.

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

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Pelorus Jack was a Risso's dolphin that was famous for meeting and escorting ships through a stretch of water in Cook Strait, New Zealand, between 1888 and 1912.

Pelorus Jack was usually spotted in Admiralty Bay between Cape Francis and Collinet Point, near French Pass, a channel used by ships travelling between Wellington and Nelson.

Pelorus Jack - Risso's Dolphin
Risso's Dolphin Like Pelorus Jack

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