Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Twasome Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Twasome Reel
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 11: Three Dozen
64 bar Strathspey + 64 bar Reel
1 couple facing each other, man's left shoulder to the audience
STRATHSPEY

  1-8   COMMON SCHOTTISCHE SETTING: set advancing to end back-to-back, set advancing ending in partner's place facing each other, REPEAT bars 1-4 to places;

  9-16 MIRROR REELS OF 3 WITH HANDS: dance mirror reels of 3 pattern as from 2nd place (start dancing towards each other and giving nearer hands dance towards audience);

17-24 HIGHLAND SCHOTTISCHE SETTING AND CROSS TWICE: set to the right with Highland Schottische step (2 bars), then cross by the left hand, set with Highland Schottische step to the left and cross by the right (end side by side nearer hands joined facing the audience);

25-32 HAND-IN-HAND REELS OF 3: dance the pattern of right shoulder, Hand-in-Hand reels of 3 as from 2nd place (two parallel figures of 8 changing hands at each end of the reel): end facing each other;

33-40 GLASGOW HIGHLANDERS SETTING: end with man behind woman facing audience;

41-48 TANDEM REEL OF 3: dance a Tandem figure of 8 as from 2nd place (right shoulder figure of 8 pattern), the lead switching at each end (end in original places);

49-56 SET AND TURN INTO ALLEMANDE HOLD: set with a stationary highland setting step (4 bars), e.g. a Highland Fling step OR STEP KICK (starting with right foot in 4th intermediate aerial position,
BEAT 1: step onto right foot in 3rd position as left foot is raised to 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 2: hop kicking left foot into 4th intermediate aerial position,
BEAT 3: step onto left foot as right foot is raised into 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 4: hop kicking right foot into 4th intermediate aerial position,
BEAT 5: step onto right foot in 3rd position as left foot is raised to 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 6: step onto left foot in 3rd position as right foot is raised to 3rd aerial position,
BEAT 7: step onto right foot in 3rd position as left foot is raised to 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 8: hop on right foot as left foot is kicked into 4th intermediate aerial position; REPEAT WITH OPPOSITE FEET), then turn each other once around with right hands into allemande hold facing the audience;

57-64 GORDON REEL OF 3: dance a figure of 8 pattern as from 2nd place turning as in the Gay Gordons at each end of the figure of 8;

REEL

  1-8   PETRONELLA, SET, PETRONELLA AND CROSS: petronella to the right, set, petronella to partner's place, and cross by the right: end nearer hands joined facing the audience;

  9-16 MIRROR REELS OF 3: as in strathspey;

17-24 SET AND SPRING POINTS TWICE;

25-32 HAND-IN-HAND REEL OF 3: as in strathspey;

33-40 COUPE-PAS DE BASQUE TWICE;

41-48 TANDEM REEL OF 3: as in strathspey;

49-56 COUPE-ROUND-THE-LEG TWICE;

57-64 GORDON REEL OF 3: as in strathspey.

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



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