Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Tantalus Jig

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TANTALUS JIG (J5x32) 5 person set P Chun
5 person diamond set with 5th person in centre facing 1st person

1- 8 5s+1s+2s dance RH across (3 bars), dance in and turn left about to dance LH across back to places
9-16 1s+5s+3s dance reel of 3 (1s+5s pass LSh to start)
17-24 1s+5s set and ½ turn RH, 1s+4s set and ½ turn RH
25-32 4s+3s set and ½ turn RH, 3s+2s set and ½ turn RH

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

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Tantalus was a Greek mythological figure, most famous for his eternal punishment in Tartarus. He was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink.

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