Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Bobbit Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Bobbit Reel
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 11: Three Dozen
6/8x32 bar Strathspey
2-couple dance in 3- or 4-couple longways set

  1-8   ADVANCE, RETIRE, CROSS, LEAD OUT, CROSS AND SET: 1st and 2nd couples, nearer hands joined on the side, advance and retire (1 step each way), crossover right hands with partner (2 bars) ending in the middle right hand joined with 1st couple facing up and 2nd couple facing down, then cross and cast into original places (2 bars), and set nearer hands joined on side;

  9-16 PETRONELLA, SET AND ½ REEL OF 4: 1st and 2nd couples Petronella into a line in the centre, set to partner, and dance a reel of 4 halfway all ending on opposite sides in progressed places (on Bars 15-16 1st man and 2nd woman dance along the opposite side of the set, 1st man to 2nd woman's place, 2nd woman to 1st man's place AS 1st woman and 2nd man dance out to opposite side to 2nd man's place and 1st woman's place, respectively);

17-24 CIRCLE, ½ TURN AND BACK TO PLACES: 2nd and 1st couples dance 4 hands round to left (4 bars), turn partner with both hands halfway round all ending facing down (2 bars), then 1st couple cast up through original places and join nearer hands facing down AS 2nd couple dance down turning towards each other to face up nearer hands joined;

25-32 RONDEL: 1st and 2nd couples dance the Rondel to change places.

Repeat from 2nd place.

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

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