Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Alexandria Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE ALEXANDRIA REEL (J4x48) 4C set John Drewry Summer Collection 1
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1M dances full reel of 3 with 2s (LSh to 2L) picking up partner on bar 5 while 4M reels with 3s and picks up partner on bar 5
9-16 1s+4s lead into middle, RH across ½ way and LH across once round to face new corner
17-24 1s+4s set twice and turn corners (1s+4s dancing out through sides) ending in middle to take prom hold (facing sides) with other partner
25-32 1s+4s dance ½ RSh reel of 3 on sides, 1s+4s change partners and ½ LSh reel on other side ending in middle (as in Bees of Maggieknockater)
33-40 1s+4s (in middle) set and change places RH, circle 4H round to left, drop partner's hand and open out to pick up 2s and 3s (1s picks up 3s)
41-48 All circle 8H round and back

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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