Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Tandem Reel Of Three

The Tandem reel of three is a Reel of three in which one or more of the three Reeling Dancers is replaced by two Dancers closely following each other and treated as one Dancer.

In bars 17-24 of the Scottish Country Dance, The Sound of Harris, the 3rd and 2nd Men, the 1st Couple and the 3rd and 2nd Ladies perform a Reel of three Across, all Dancing in Tandem. More commonly, only one Dancer in the Reel is replaced by 2 Dancers as, for example in bars 17-24 of The  Cranberry Tart where 1st Couple Dance in Tandem and 2nd Couple Dance as individuals.

The Tandem form also occurs in Half reels of three as, for example, in bars 9-12 and 21-24 of Trip to Nerja.

The Alternating tandem reel of three is a common derivative form in which the Dancer following in Tandem overtakes the leader on reaching the End of the Reel of three.

Here are some other Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Tandem reel of three, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Ddraig Goch
Elusive Muse
Ferla Mor
Scott Meikle
Swashbuckling Iain

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