Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Rigg

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Rigg
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 7:
4/5x32 bar Reel/Jig
Couple facing couple around the room

  1-8   D0-SI-DO with opposite. Then partner using walking steps, ending in promenade Hold with partner facing opposite couple;

  9-12 PROMENADE PAST TWO COUPLES: couples pass right shoulder and then left shoulder past next couple: end facing 3rd couple round the circle;

13-16 MEN WALK CLOCKWISE ROUND PARTNER INTO FREENDLY HOLD: dropping left hands, men walk round partner (who stands still) to end with man's right arm around partner's back at waist level, woman's right hand passes to her right hip where it is joined with man's right hand;

17-24 2-COUPLE RIGG: couples unwind changing places with partner (women pull right shoulder back and dance to partner's place AS men dance forward to partner's place: 2 bars); then couples chase halfway clockwise around the 3rd couple (women in front of partner: 2 bars), turn partner halfway with right hands (2 bars), and set to partner (2 bars);

25-32 SET, ¾ RIGHTS AND LEFTS, AND SET TO NEXT COUPLE: set to opposite (i.e. opposite person in the 3rd couple with whom you danced the Rigg), dance ¾ rights and lefts ending facing opposite person in next (4th) couple round the room.

Repeat with 4th couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

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