Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Rose Jacob's Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ROSE JACOB'S REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Ruary Laidlaw Lochiel Collection

1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s with 2s stepping up bars 3-4. 1s finish BtoB, 1M facing 2L, 1L facing 2M
9-16 1s+2s dance RSh reel of 4 across, 1s pass LSh to finish in 2nd place, opposite sides, facing out
17-24 Mirror (reflection) reels of 3 on sides (1s out/down, 3s in/up, 2s in/down to start) 1s end in middle nearer hands joined facing down
25-32 1s cross below 3s, cast up, meet, lead up to top and cast to 2nd place own sides

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

Rose Jacob's Reel
An 8 x 32 reel for three couples in a longwise four couple set.
1 - 8 The first couple figure of eight round the second couple.
The first man crosses straight over to pass the second woman by the right shoulder, while the first woman crosses diagonally to pass the second man by the right shoulder. The second couple move up on bars 3 and 4. The first couple pass left shoulder in the middle of the figure of eight between the second couple. The first couple finish back to back in the middle: first man facing the second woman, and first woman facing the second man
9-16 The first and second couples dance a right shoulder reel of four across the dance.
On bars 15 and 16 the first couple pass right shoulders in the middle ( the first lady going in front of the first man) and finish in second place on the opposite sides facing out and down.
The second couple finish facing in, at the top of the dance.
17-24 The first, second and third couples dance symmetrical reels of three on the sides taking inside hands with their partner as they meet in the reel:
The first couple begin by dancing out and down.
The third couple begin by dancing in and up
The second couple begin by dancing in slowly to allow the third couple to dance in front of them.
This movement flows on from bar 16.
The first couple finish in second place in the centre with inside hands joined facing down.
The second couple finish at the top on their own side, while the third couple finish in third place on their own side.
25-32 The first couple then cross below the third couple and cast up round them to second place on their own side, lead up between the second couple and cast down to finish in second place on their own side ready to start again.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 2004)

Dance Information

On September 26th 2004 the club celebrated Rose's 90th birthday! The New Zealand Branch sent her a special letter to commemorate the event. We posted a notice about her birthday on the internet. There was an amazing response from people all around the world including a very special one from Jean Martin, the then Chairman of the RSCDS!!!

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