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The Black Mountain Reel

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THE BLACK MOUNTAIN REEL (R5x32) 5C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 3

1- 8 1s and 3s cross RH and cast down 1 place, dance ½ Fig of 8 round the couples above them and cross to face 1st corners
9-16 1s and 3s turn 1st corners RH and partner LH, turn 2nd corner RH and partner LH to face 1st corners again
17-24 1s and 3s dance full diagonal reels of 4 with 1st corners
25-32 All dance RH across once round (1L with 2s, 1M+3L with 4s and 3M with 5s), 1s and 3s turn partners LH and cast one place. 24153

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

The Black Mountain Reel
Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 3
Reel 5 x 32 bars 5 Couple Repeat 5 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s 3s cross and cast;

  5-8   1s half figure of 8 round 2s WHILE 3s half figure of 8 round 4s;

  9-16 1s 3s turn corner, partner, corner, partner;

17-24 2M1L1M4L 4M3L3M5L diagonal reels of 4;

25-28 2s1L 1M4s3L 3M5s right hands across;

29-32 1s 3s turn by the left and cast, finishing 2s4s1s5s3s.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  3-4   2s 4s step up.

  9-16 This is quick; use a quick turn grip or elbow grip for the first three turns but a more open grip for the last to facilitate flowing into the reels of 4.
4s are corners to both 1s and 3s and so must be awake.

17-24 Diagonal reels of 4 on first corners' diagonal; opportunity to cover.

31-32 2s 4s step up WHILE 1s 3s cast; be awake.

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