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The Ambassadors' Reel

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THE AMBASSADORS' REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Susi Mayr Vienna Book

1- 8 1s dance down between 2s and cast up, 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 1s dance down between 3s and cast up, 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 3s and end facing 1st corners
17-24 1s turn 1st corners RH and pass RSh to face 2nd corners, turn corners RH and pass RSh to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H 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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Dance Information

This dance, The Ambassadors' Reel, was devised as a farewell present for Judith and John Macgregor, who used to come and dance at the RSCDS Vienna Branch every now and then while they were stationed in Vienna.

They both served as ambassadors, to Slovakia and Austria, respectively, during that time which is reflected in the title of the dance, hence "The Ambassadors' Reel", not "The Ambassador's Reel".

Ambassadors Painting Image
"The Ambassadors" Hans Holbein The Younger (1497/1498-1543), Oil On Oak, c. 1533

Dance information by Ilana Steiner.
Image Copyright Hans Holbein The Younger (public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.

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