Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Trip To Johnsonville School

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A Trip To Johnsonville School 32 bar Jig for 4 couples Rod Downey The Tuatara Collection
A four couple 32 bar jig in a four couple set.

1-8 First and second couples dance four hands across and back.
9-16 The four girls dance across the set behind the boys. The second third and fourth girls dance behind the boys and back to own sides finishing in places 1,2,3, respectively. The first girl dances around partner, down in front of the second and third boys (cutting between first and second boy) and then, cutting between third and fourth boys to behind the fourth boy, goes to the end of the line of girls, so that she is behind the fourth girl and finishes in fourth place.
17-24 The boys do likewise.
25-32 Eight hands round and back.

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

Dance Information

This jig, A Trip To Johnsonville School, (10 Morgan Street, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037, New Zealand) was devised 5th July 2011.

This dance and Room One came after teaching a class (room one) of 9 and 10 year old children, and wanting to write a dance which had elements of Noeline O'Connor's Kingston Flyer and Shengzhang Tang's Trip To Gatlinburg.

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

Adults find A Trip To Johnsonville School a bit quick, and find Room One easier, but children find the opposite.

Recommended music is any reasonable 4 by 32 J. For the class I used "Pelorus Jack" and asked them to dance it 8 times.

(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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