Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Van Riel's Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

VAN RIEL'S REEL (40 bar reel for 3 couples) Anne-Miek Klokgieters, The Delft Book Of Scottish Country Dances

1-4 1st couple turn right hand.
5-8 1st couple dance half a figure of eight round 2nd couple.
9-16 1st couple dance mirror reels of three on the sides with 2nd and 3rd couples, dancing in and down (finish back to back in the middle, lady facing 2nd man, man facing 2nd lady).
17-24 1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of four across the dance (finish facing 1st corner).
25-28 1st couple dance half a diagonal reel of four with 1st corners (pass each other right shoulder to 2nd corner).
29-32 1st couple dance half a diagonal reel of four with 2nd corners.
33-36 1st couple dance half a reel of three on the sides with left shoulder (1st man to 2nd man, 1st lady to 3rd lady).
37-40 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples cross over and set.
Repeat, having passed a couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Anne-Miek Klokgieters, The Hague, 1996)


Dance Information

Dance devised for Peter and Marise van Riel on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary, August 20, 1996.

Dance Information by the deviser, Anne-Miek Klokgieters.

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