Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

St John's Jig (Derrick)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

St John's Jig (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 2019

1-8 The 1st couple set and giving nearer hands dance down between the 2nd couple, divide and cast behind the 3rd couple, meet below 3rd couple and giving nearer hands dance up between them to end back to back in second place facing own sides. The 2nd couple step up on bars 7-8.
9-16 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance crown triangles, ending with the 1st couple back to back in the centre of the set the woman facing up, the man facing down
17-24 Reels of three across, 1st woman with the 2nd couple and 1st man with the 3rd couple, 1st couple begin by giving left shoulder to their first corners and end in second place own sides
25-28 The 1st couple turn by the right hand one and a quarter times
29-32 Left hands across, the 1st man with the 2nd couple, the 1st woman with the 3rd couple 1st couple end in second place own sides

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2019)

Dance Information

Also see the dance St John's Jig (Drewry) by John Drewry.

This dance, St John's Jig, was devised by Lewis N Derrick in memory of Sheila Jupp who was honoured with life membership of the St John's Scottish Country Dancing Club, Wokingham, after 15 years' committee service including a period as club chairman.

Suggested tune: The Gobbie O' (trad.)

Devised 2019, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 2019, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.

Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #5, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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