Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Orkney Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE ORKNEY REEL (R96) Sq.Set Jessie Stuart

1- 8 All change places with partner RH and set (Men facing out), all change places with partner RH and set (Ladies facing out)
9-24 All dance full Schiehallion Reels
25-28 Men dance LH across ½ way while Ladies chase clockwise 1 place to join RH with next Man and balance in a wheel formation
29-32 Men dance LH across ½ way while Ladies chase clockwise 1 place to join RH with next Man and change places RH
33-40 Repeat bars 25-32 with Ladies in centre and change places RH
41-56 Repeat bars 25-40 ending with Men BtoB facing own partner
57-60 All set and Men set turning to right 1 place clockwise while Ladies petronella turn to next place anticlockwise
61-64 Repeat to end facing partner opposite side
65-72 All turn RH (4 bars) to face anticlockwise in prom hold, all Promenade back to places
73-80 1s+3s dance Ladies' Chain
81-88 2s+4s dance Ladies' Chain
89-96 All circle 8H round and back

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


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Orkney, also known as the Orkney Islands is an archipelago in northern Scotland, situated 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of the coast of Caithness. Orkney comprises approximately 70 islands of which 20 are inhabited.
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Stromness On The Mainland Is The Second Largest Settlement On Orkney


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