Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Christine Miller's Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CHRISTINE MILLER'S REEL (R4x32) 4C set Ruary Laidlaw One Step At A Time

1- 8 All join hands on sides, set twice, cross RH (4 bars)
9-16 Repeat bars 1-8 back to places
17-24 1s, followed by 2s+3s+4s, lead down and cast up to original places
25-32 1s cross RH, cast to 4th place (2s+3s+4s step up 27-28) 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 4s

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Christine Miller's Reel
A 32 bar reel for four couples in a longwise set.

1 - 8 All four couples join hands and set twice with four Pas de Basque steps, then cross over with the right hand for four skip-change of steps to partner's place
9-16 Repeat bars 1 to 8 back to place.
17-24 First couple lead down the middle, followed by the 2s, 3s and 4s, and cast back up round the fourth couple's place on the outside of the set to all finish back in their own places.
25-32 First couple cross over giving right hands for two steps and cast off to the bottom of the set for two on opposite sides, then dance a half figure of eight up round the fourth couple finishing in fourth place on their own side.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 1997)

Dance Notes

Second, third and fourth couples join hands to move up on bars three and four.

This dance was composed as a Beginners' dance, concentrating on Pas de Basque with nothing much else to worry about.

Dance Information

This dance is named after Christine Miller of the Lochiel Club in Hamilton. She is a founding member, Christine's mother, Greta Miller being the founder of the Club in the 1950s.

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