Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Balmae Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Balmae Reel
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 5:
4x64 bar Strathspey
4-couple Longways set 2nd and 4th couples start on opposite sides

  1-16 GRAND CHAIN WITH SETTING: Grand Chain passing right and left with 1 step for each hand (to begin 1st and 4th couples cross, AS 2nd and 3rd couples change on the side), then set to next person, REPEAT around the set back to place (on bar 14 keep hold of the left hand to end on the side facing that same person for the final setting)(N.B. when setting at the ends the set assumes a square shape);

17-24 REEL OF 4 ON SIDE ending with an extra ¼ loop to finish in lines of 4 across the set, men back-to-back;

25-32 REEL OF 4 ACROSS (on bars 31-32 men dance straight across AS women dance an extra loop): ending order 2-1-4-3;

33-40 CENTRES WHEEL: 1st and 4th couples dance left hands across and back with right ending in the middle in promenade hold, 1st couple facing up, 4th couple facing down;

41-48 PROMENADE REELS OF 3 ACROSS: 1st and 4th couples dance ½ right shoulder promenade reels of 3 across with 2nd and 3rd couples, respectively (start by passing right shoulder, 1st couple with 2nd man and 4th couple with 3rd man), then, as 1st and 4th couples dance through the sides of the set, change partners to the person opposite and dance ½ left shoulder reel of 3 across the dance starting by dancing through the end of the set and ending on the side of the set (order 2-4-1-3, 2nd and 1st couples on opposite sides);

49-56 SET TWICE OR HIGHLAND SCHOTTISHE AND 1½ TURN: all set with Highland Schottische setting (or set twice) and turn partner 1½ with both hands (ending order 2-4-1-3 with 4th and 3rd couples on opposite sides);


Repeat three times to bring everyone back to starting places.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

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