Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Skerry Reel Of Eight

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE SKERRY REEL OF EIGHT (R128) Sq.Set Traditional

FIG 1
1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across and LH back
17-24 All set to partners and dance ½ Grand Chain to meet partners (½ way round set)
25-32 1s+3s dance ½ R&L, 2s+4s dance ½ R&L

FIG 2
1- 8 1s+3s advance and turn opposite person 2H to end BtoB with partner facing side couples and set twice
9-16 1s and 3s dance reels of 4 with 2s and 4s across set ending in original places in Sq.Set
17-24 2s and 4s advance and turn opposite person 2H to end BtoB with partner facing top/bottom couples and set twice
25-32 2s and 4s dance reels of 4 with 1s and 3s ending in original place in Sq.Set

FIG 3
1- 8 Ladies circle 4H round and back ending in centre facing partners
9-16 All set twice and turn with 2H to places
17-24 Men dance RH across and LH back to places
25-32 All set twice and turn with 2H to place

FIG 4
1- 8 1s+3s dance ½ R&L, 2s+4s dance ½ R&L
9-16 All set to partners and dance ½ Grand Chain to meet partners (½ way round set)
17-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across and LH back
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

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



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