Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


When dances are categorized by tempo, Reels are the most common form of Scottish Country Dance. They are performed mostly to 4/4 tempo music. A few are in 2/4 tempo (with the same number of bars rather than crochets per minute) though only the experienced musician would be aware of the difference.

Note that the presence of the word, Reel, in a dance title does not necessarily mean that it is danced to the Reel tempo; for example, The Marchioness of Blandford's Reel is a Jig and Miss Gibson's Reel is a Strathspey.

For information on the various forms of Reel as Figures in Scottish Country Dancing, select Figures on the side navigation bar and then either Reel or the more specific form at the bottom of the page.

The term, Reeling, is often used to refer to the informal Scottish Country Dancing which one is likely to encounter at a Ceilidh dancing event.

For example, here are a few of the multitude of Scottish Country Dances which are listed as Reels-
Anniversary Reel
Floozie In The Jacuzzi
Highland Rambler
Miss Johnstone Of Ardrossan
Music Makars
Nottingham Lace
Peat Fire Flame
Polharrow Burn
Reel Of The Royal Scots
Virginia Reel

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Reels

Reels Video Clip

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