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Cayuga Reel

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CAYUGA REEL (R3x40) 3C Triangular Set Rod Downey Cane Toad Collection, 2012

1- 8 Bar 1: Men turn partner into Allemande hold and all promenade anticlockwise round to place, Bar 6: Men bring partner in to centre (Ladies BtoB); Bars 7-8: Ladies Set, Men Retire (pas-de-basque)
9-16 All dance "Crown Triangles" (Ladies set bars 1 3 5, move to right bars 2 4 6) Bars 15-16: All change places with partner (pas-de-basque), Men BtoB
17-24 Repeat 9-16 with Ladies ending BtoB in centre
25-32 All dance ⅔ Schiehallion reel, passing partner RSh to start. End facing partner having moved 1 place clockwise round
33-40 All turn partner RH; all turn corner LH and face partner

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


Cayuga Reel 3x40 bar Strathspey for 3 Couples Rod Downey The Cane Toad Collection
A 40 bar reel for three couples in a triangular set.

1-6 All promenade counter clockwise round the set. On bar 1 the men turn partner into 'allemande' hold. On bar 6 the men bring their partner round to finish with the women back to back in the middle.
7-8 The women set
while
the men retire with pas de basque.
9-14 All dance 'Crown Triangles'. The women move to the right on bars 1, 3 and 5 and set with hands joined on bars 2, 4 and 6 of the figure.
15-16 All change places with partner with pas de basque to finish with the men back to back in the middle.
17-22 All dance 'Crown Triangles'. The men move to the right on bars 1, 3 and 5 and set with hands joined on bars 2, 4 and 6 of the figure.
23-24 All change places with partner with pas de basque to finish with the women back to back in the middle.
25-32 All dance two-thirds of a three-couple 'Schiehallion' reel. All pass partner by right shoulders to begin. All finish facing partner one position clockwise from original places.
33-36 All turn partner with right hands to finish facing corner.
37-40 All turn corner with left hands to finish facing partner.

Repeat from new positions.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)


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Dance Information

This dance, Cayuga Reel, was devised in Singapore during January, 1993.

Cayuga Lake is a beautiful 'finger' lake in upstate New York, with Ithaca at its southern end.

The recommended tune is "The Girl With The Blue Dress On".

Acceptable music - "Salute To Bath" recorded by Ian Muir and the Craigellachie Band on "Bath Scottish Dancers" (EO 838), side 1, track 4.

(Dance information from The Cane Toad Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey)

Friendship
Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, New York


Published in The Cane Toad Collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.
Image copyright Cayuga Outrigger from Ithaca, NY, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

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