Lyz's Clockwork Jig
Winner TSDAV Dance Composers Competition 1990
An Australian contemporary bush dance, composed in Canberra.
- Composed by:
- Lawrie Brown, February 1990
- Dedicated to:
- Lyz Hindmarsh
- Initial Formation:
- any 32-bar jig (american) repeated four times
- (Repeat 4-times)
Bar Instructions No. beats
A1 reverse swing partner in ballroom hold 8
natural swing partner in ballroom hold 8
A2 tops slip step across, men pass back to back ) sides do these 4
tops slip step back, ladies pass back to back, ) figures on 3rd 4
tops slip step in to meet in centre ) and 4th repeats 2
tops form a raised star, swap ladies under mens raised left arms, ) 4
and slip step back out to place with new partners ) 2
B1 men in for a LH-star once around 8
collect partners round waist with RH for LH-wheel once round to place 8
B2 men back out whilst turning ladies in for a
ladies RH-star, 1 1/4 times round 12
men courtesy turn new partner LH round behind into ballroom hold 4
- the progression on this dance is somewhat unusual, in that you will
end with your original partner after the 2nd and 4th repeats of the dance.
However, because the active couples (tops on 1st and 2nd repeats, sides on 3rd
and 4th) dance with two partners each time through, each person will meet all
partners, after four repeats.
- during the ladies swap in A2, it is important that the men stand fairly far
apart with hands just touching, in order to leave enough room for the ladies to
turn under their raised arms. The ladies turn clockwise, passing face to face,
to swap partners.
- at the end of the wheel in B1, the men should back out to place whilst
turning the ladies in for their RH-star. This star has plenty of time, so the
wheel before should not be rushed.
- during the courtesy turn in B2, the man stands still facing in, whilst
leading the lady turning clockwise to back under his left arm round behind him,
and then walking forward round to ballroom position. This is the courtesy turn
used at the end of the north country ladies chain. This should lead straight
into the reverse swing to start again.
- the dance was written for the Summer Dancing in the Park series, organized
by John Garden for the
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