Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Fivesome Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Fivesome Reel
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 11: Three Dozen
64 bar Strathspey/64 bar Reel
5 dancers in a line centre facing the audience, ends facing neighbour
STRATHSPEY

  1-8   SET with highland steps: centre with stationary Highland step or STEP-KICK: starting with right foot in 4th intermediate aerial position,
BEAT 1: step onto right foot in 3rd position as left foot is raised to 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 2: hop kicking left foot into 4th intermediate aerial position,
BEAT 3: step onto left foot as right foot is raised into 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 4: hop kicking right foot into 4th intermediate aerial position,
BEAT 5: step onto right foot in 3rd position as left foot is raised to 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 6: step onto left foot in 3rd position as right foot is raised to 3rd aerial position,
BEAT 7: step onto right foot in 3rd position as left foot is raised to 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 8: hop on right foot as left foot is kicked into 4th intermediate aerial position; REPEAT WITH OPPOSITE FEET; AS ends face neighbour and set with Highland Schottische setting step (4 bars) then turn each other with both hands 1¾ around to end facing the centre nearer hands joined;

  9-16 MIRROR REEL OF 3: start with centre dancer going forwards to the right and dancing a figure of 8 AS the ends dance mirror reels of 3 (end as at start of Bar 9);

17-24 SET: with highland steps: centre sets with Toe-and-Heel twice, AS ends set with Glasgow Highlanders setting step (4 bars) then turn each other with both hands twice around ending facing the centre with nearer hands joined;

25-32 HAND-IN-HAND REEL OF 3: start with centre dancer going forwards to the right and dancing a figure of 8 AS the ends dance Hand-in-Hand reels of 3 (two parallel reels of 3 changing hands at each end of the reel) finishing as at start of Bar 9;

33-40 SET with Back-Step: centre sets for 8 bars AS ends set for 4 bars and turn each other with both hands 1¾ around to end one behind the other facing the centre person;

41-48 TANDEM REEL OF 3: start with centre dancer going forwards to the right and dancing a figure of 8 AS ends dance a Tandem reel of 3 in which they follow one another closely, the lead switching at each end of the reel) finishing in original places ends facing neighbour;

49-56 SET with Rocking Step: centre for 8 bars, ends set for 4 bars then turn each other with 1¾ around (right hand ends with right hand; left hand ends with left hands) ending in allemande hold facing the centre;

57-64 GORDON REELS OF 3: start with centre dancer going to the right and away from audience and dancing a figure of 8 AS ends dance Gordon Reel of 3 (two parallel reels of 3 in allemande hold, the ends turning as in the Gay Gordons at each end of the reel finishing with ends facing neighbour as at the beginning of Bar 1.

REEL: REPEAT in REEL Tempo:
In bars 1-8 use Set-and-Spring;
In bars 19-24 use Set and Spring Points;
In bars 33-40 use Coupe/Pas de Basque;
In bars 49-56 use Coupe/Round-the-leg.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)



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