Chorus Jig (triple)

Chorus Jig (triple) is an American Country Dance. It was published by Thomas Hillgrove in 1857 in The Scholar's Companion and Ball-Room Vade-Mecum. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Hillgrove was a New York dancing instructor who published a manual describing then current dances. He probably didn't devise any of them, but his work is often the first reference to a given dance.

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"

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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 cast to bottom, take a peek, cast back up
B11-41s lead down center
5-6Skip back up
7-8Cast off
C1-41s pass right shoulders, turn 1st corner right
5-81s pass right shoulders, turn 2nd corner right
B21-4Lines of 3 forward and back
5-81s two hand turn once and a half

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