Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


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Riversdale 32 bar Jig for 7 couples Rod Downey The Golden Bear Collection
A 7 couple jig in a longwise set. The active couples are the 1's, 3's and 5's.

1-2 All take hands on the side and set.
3-4 Active couples cast one place 2C, 4C, 6C give left hands to cross up one position to opposite sides.
5-8 1C with 4C, 3C with 6C and 5C with 7C dance four hands across and finish facing the man's first corner, man behind lady (so that, for example, first lady (with first man behind) will be facing 4th lady, who is in 3rd lady's original position).
9-24 Active couples dance 4 lead change RS reels of three, to the man's first, second, third and fourth corners respectively. The other dancers will reel as appropriate. This will finish with 7C in first place, 6C in 3rd place, 4th couple in 5th place, and 2nd couple in 7th place, all on own sides. Dancers dancing down should "loop the loop" into the next reel.
For example, 2M should loop on at the end of bar 4 and into bar 5 to enter the half reel with3C and 6W.
Active couples finish with nearer hands joined in the centre facing up 1C in 2nd place, 3C in 4th and 5C in 6th. (All are on their own sides.)
25-28 Active couples set twice.
29-32 1C dance out and cast to 6th place. 3C dance up and cast around 6th couple (in 3C position) and cast into 4th place. 5C dance up the centre and into 2nd place.
Finishing order 7, 5, 6, 3, 4, 1, 2.

Repeat from new positions.

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

Dance Information

This jig, Riversdale, was devised on 7/1/2021.

Riversdale is a lovely family beach in the North Wairarapa coast, where we usually spend Christmas.

The recommended tune is "The Stool of Repentance" by Neil Gow, played, if possible, ABBA.

Since your are unlikely to find a 7 by 32 Jig, (or even jigs of this structure) for recorded music I would use any good recording of "The Last of The Lairds" or "The Boston Fiddle Club Jig".

(Dance information from The Golden Bear Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey)

Published in The Golden Bear Collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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