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Tambourine Reel

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TAMBOURINE REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lawrie Bowlen East Ivanhoe Book

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back to 2nd place own side
9-16 1s dance ½ reels of 3 across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s) and ½ reels of 3 on opposite sides
17-24 1s dance ½ reels of 3 across (Man up Lady down) and ½ reels on own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back. 213

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

Tambourine Reel
L Bowlen    East Ivanhoe Book
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   Taking right hands, 1s lead down the middle;

  5-8   taking left hands, 1s lead up to 2nd place, finishing on own sides of the centre line, 1L facing up, 1M down;

  9-12 2M1L2L 3M1M3L half reels of three across, 1s giving left shoulders to first corners to start;

13-16 2L1L3L 2M1M3M half reels of three on the sides;

17-24 repeat bars 9-16 from new positions, finishing 2s1s3s;

25-32 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

    -8   1M must finish ready to give left shoulder to first corner.

  9-24 Half reels must flow without a break: whenever they reach a second corners' position, 1s and the original second corners must make a complete loop; whenever the original first corners reach a first corners' position, they must make a complete loop.

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