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Highland - Jig
Jig 3 and 1
By Katy_Liz Comments: 962, member since Tue Jan 13, 2004
On Sun May 28, 2017 09:25 AM

I've been out of the highland dance world for a while, but just noticed competition listing jigs as 3 and 1 instead of 4 (or whatever). When did this change? I'm assuming that the last step has to be the actual last step now?

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re: Jig 3 and 1
By kinsidhe Comments: 248, member since Fri May 14, 2010
On Sun May 28, 2017 10:33 AM
Hi,

Like the Seann Truibhas there is a set of 'finishing steps' designated and any one of these can be chosen to finish a 3 and jig. The finishing steps are: Toe Tap; Triple Shuffle,and Heel Travel. You may also use the 8th step: Cross and Clip as a finishing step. So in a 3 and 1, you would have First/Circle, two regular steps and then one finishing step. If you had say a 4 and 2 jig, then you would choose two of the possible finishing steps.

Hope that helps.
re: Jig 3 and 1
By Katy_Liz Comments: 962, member since Tue Jan 13, 2004
On Sun May 28, 2017 05:02 PM
Thanks for the reply. Just never saw that specified when my daughter danced.
re: Jig 3 and 1
By highlandlassie Comments: 2895, member since Wed Feb 18, 2004
On Mon May 29, 2017 12:25 PM
You are correct that it is a relatively new thing, Katy_Liz.
re: Jig 3 and 1
By Katja144member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 3223, member since Sat Jul 30, 2005
On Mon Jul 24, 2017 05:50 AM
Is it a new concept, or new wording? That is, has it always been expected that you would use a finishing step or two at the end and it was just never explicitly written, or were you able to end with a non-finishing step before?
re: Jig 3 and 1
By highlandlassie Comments: 2895, member since Wed Feb 18, 2004
On Mon Jul 24, 2017 08:55 AM
You are right that it was always expected to finish the dance with a finishing step (or the Cross and Clip Heels, which is kind of a finishing step in the way that Y is a vowel, lol). The difference is that competitions can now specify how many finishing steps you must use for that competition.
re: Jig 3 and 1
By garethmitchelson Comments: 126, member since Wed Sep 01, 2004
On Mon Jul 31, 2017 05:30 AM
Competitions in North and East Scotland traditionally do require a set number of main steps and finishing steps ie 3 & 1, 3 & 2, 4 & 2, 5 & 1 etc).

We used to have great confusion at the games when we stood on the platform and the judge announced 5 & 1, racking our brains to find an extra basic step whilst the piper started playing.

I think that rather than being a new thing it is instead something that has been dropped out of convenience by many organisers on competition entry forms.

Would be good to see it back on again.

Gareth

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