Jigs & Reels

The Jigs & Reels pack is a progressive programme of Scottish Country Dances for teachers of children and young people, produced by RSCDS.

Scottish Country Dancing is an important part of children's heritage in Scotland. It fits well into the Curriculum for Excellence, particularly in the areas of 'Health and Wellbeing' and the 'Expressive Arts'. The level of physical activity involved in Scottish country dancing promotes a healthy lifestyle, which is important for future generations. As children begin to grasp the patterns and sequences of the dances they can then make links with other areas of the curriculum, for example the wheels in technology and geometric shapes in mathematics.

Depending on the children's ability and experience, teachers can begin at a level at which the children are comfortable. When they gain confidence they can progress quickly to the next dance, though one lesson plan may take three or four teaching sessions. Included in the pack are five "party dances", which children may encounter at social occasions such as Ceilidhs or weddings.

CPD - Ideally this resource will be introduced through a CPD session. This would be led by a qualified teacher trained by the RSCDS. Enquiries about engaging teachers should be made to cpd@rscds.org.

To view/download the Booklet for the School Resources Pack, please click here.

The pack includes:

  • A list of all the dances in the pack and on the CD and DVD (dance and track numbers are consistent throughout) - list also provided below
  • An index to the steps and formations included in each dance
  • A brief glossary of the simple terms used
  • Photographic illustrations of different types of hold
  • A two-page lesson plan for each dance - click here to view a sample
  • A CD of recorded music for all the featured dances
  • A DVD containing video footage of all the featured dances, some of which include a voice-over of coaching words (indicated in the index), Click here to see a sample of the video footage

To see an example of the Jigs & Reels Pack, please click here.

The dances in the pack are:

1. "School Name" Circle

16. Galloway House

2.  Happy Hoops

17. The Brudenell Jig

3.  Charlestown Chaser

18. Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel

4.  Prince of Orange

19. The Maids of Currie

5.  The Flying Scotsman (easy version)

20. Easy Peasy

6.  A Reel for Jeannie

21. The Barmkin

7.  The Loch Ness Monster

22. Hedwig's Reel

8.  The Waratah Weaver (adapted)

23. The Old Man of Storr

9.  Jig to the Music

24. Granville Market

10. The Merry Reapers

25. Round Reel of Eight

11. The Flying Scotsman (standard version)

26. Canadian Barn Dance

12. A Jig for Mrs Dunn

27. Circassian Circle

13. "School Name" Welcome

28. The Dashing White Sergeant

14. Simon's Dance

29. Gay Gordons

15. The Bob of Fettercairn

30. Virginia Reel

To purchase the pack, please visit our online shop.


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