Chorus Jig (duple)

Chorus Jig (duple) is an American Country Dance. It was published by Saltator in 1802 in A Treatise on Dancing, Boston. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

In A Treatise on Dancing (Boston, 1802) Saltator writes:

First couple down the out side, up, down the middle, up brise, promenade contrary corners, first couple dance address, change sides.

I next find it in Hillgrove's The Scholars' Companion and Ball-Room Vade Mecum (New York, 1857)

He describes three dances he calls "Contra Dances": Money Musk, Chorus Jig, and The Waterman. His instructions for Chorus Jig are:

First couple down the outside and back; down the centre and back; swing contra corners; balance and swing to place.

When Hillgrove says "swing" he appears to mean a "hand turn" or "allemande"

Howe's Complete Ball-room Hand Book (Boston, 1858)

First couple down the outside, up — down the centre, up (cast off) — swing contra corners — balance and turn in places.

Burchenal's American Country Dances (Boston/New York, 1918)

Down the Outside and back
Down the Centre and back
Swing Contra Corners
Balance Six
Balance and Swing Partner

When Burchenal says "swing partner" she means a modern swing.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A1-81s go down the outside, take a peek, return
B11-41s lead down center
5-6Skip back up
7-8Cast off
C1-41s turn partner right, corner left
5-8partner right, other corner left
B21-81s balance and swing

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