Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The White Heather Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE WHITE HEATHER JIG (J4x40) 4C set James B. Cosh 22 SCDs

1- 8 1s turn RH and cast to 2nd place, turn 1½ LH to end between 2s facing opposite sides
9-16 1s+2s dance reel of 4 across, 1s pass RSh to face 1st corners
17-24 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner, to end between 3s facing opposite sides
25-32 1s+3s dance reel of 4 across, 1s end in middle between 3s and 4s
33-40 1s turn LH, cast to 4th place on own side and turn RH

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


The White Heather Jig
James B. Cosh   22 Scottish Country Dances (and 2 more)
Jig   4 x 40 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s turn by the right and cast;

  5-8   1s turn by the left;

  9-16 2M1L1M2L reel of 4 across;

17-24 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner;

25-32 3M1L1M3L reel of 4 across;

33-36 1s turn by the left and cast;

37-40 1s turn by the right.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

  1-40 Keep the set wide so that the dancing couple have space to start the reels neatly with the right shoulder.

  1-2   A quick turn (elbow grip).

  3-4   2s step up by going diagonally inward and then outward.

  5-8   A normal long arm turn.

    -16 2s finish the reel of 4 across in 1st place.

17-24 Quick turns (elbow grip) but be careful not to go too far on the last turn.

    -32 3s finish the reel of 4 across in 2nd place.


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Dance Information

Also see the dance, White And Purple Heather Jig (Cosh) also by James B. Cosh.
The only difference between that dance and this dance is in bars 35-36 where the 1s cast up to 2nd place on own sides (as the 3s step down) turning that dance from a 4x40 into an 8x40 jig.

Also see White Heather Jig (3-Couple Version) adapted by Reuben Freemantle.

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