Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Room One

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Room One 32 bar Jig for 3 couples Rod Downey The Tuatara Collection
A three couple 32 bar jig in a 3 couple set.

1-8 First second and third couples dance 6 hands across and back.
9-16 The three girls dance across the top of the set, and the second and third girl dances behind the boys, across the set, and, with the second leading then dance to the top of the set on own sides. The first girl dances behind the first boy, and then dances between the first and second boys, casts up the centre of the set, to follow the other two girls back to place. The finishing order on the girls side will be 2,3,1.
17-24 The three boys do likewise.
25-32 All dance 6 hands round and back.

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

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Dance Information

This jig, Room One, (also Trip To Johnsonville School) was devised on 5th July 2011 after teaching a class (room one, Johnsonville School, 10 Morgan Street, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037, New Zealand) of 9 and 10 year old children, and wanting to write a dance which had elements of Noeline O'Connor's Kingston Flyer and Tang's "A Trip to Gatlinberg."

The young dancers were confused with progressions so I sought to write a simple dance for them.

Recommended music is any reasonable 6 by 32 J, and for the class I used an unobtainable (and amazing) 6 by 32 recording of "Todlen Hame" recorded long ago by Jimmy Shand on a 45 rpm record.

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

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

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