Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Half Measure Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Half Measure Reel
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 1: The Sixpenny Reel
Strathspey   n x 32 bars   2 Triple Repeat   2 Triple Set   Progressive Round the Room Set
Line of 3 facing line of 3 as in The Dashing White Sergeant.

  1-8   CIRCLE: 6-hands round and back;

  9-24 HALF REELS OF 3 AROUND THE SET:
Centre person starts the reels by giving right shoulder to right hand partner for half reel of 3 with partners;
Centre person dances half reel of 3 on original right hand side of set;
All dance half reel of 3 on opposite side of set;
Centre person dances half reel of 3 on remaining side of set, corner dancers loop into place at the end;

25-32 SET AND PETRONELLA: all set in lines of 3, petronella into line of 6 in the middle, set and dance out to the right to face a new line of 3.

Repeat with next line of 3.

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


Dance Notes

As with all dances having this format, the number of repeats is not fixed.
The three partners are not specifically men or women.
The dance may also be performed as a reel or as a medley (strathspey and reel).

31-32 Use the appropriate travelling step for this movement.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)



Additional search terms: 1/2 Measure.

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