Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Reels Of Three Across

In Scottish Country Dancing Reels of three across is a very common form of Reels of three but is more complicated with symmetry involving two reflections, one parallel to, and one at right angles to, the axes, which are aligned Across The set; at any time, one Middle dancer is proceeding towards the Men's Side and the other towards the Ladies' Side. The exact form of the Figure is defined by how it is to be started, usually with the Dancing man and Lady each Giving right or left shoulder to one of the Corners.

One of the many examples is in bars 9-16 of Castle Varrich, where it is started by the 1st Lady and the 1st Man Giving left shoulder to their Partner's First corners; Diagram 48 shows the Positions in this example at the end of bar 20, i.e., halfway through the Reel by which time the even spacing is well established. Diagonal covering is appropriate for this form, not Mirror covering.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Reels Of Three Across, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Braes Of Busby
Catch The Wind
Flight To Melbourne
Garden City Jig
Indian River Strathspey
Lochalsh Reel
Milltimber Jig
Rakes Of Auld Reekie
Reel Of Five
Salute To Summer

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Reels Of Three Across

Reels Of Three Across Video Clip

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