Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Dodgem Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Dodgem Reel 32 bar reel for three couples standing in a three couple longwise set or sitting separately in dodgems. Beatrix Wepner - Gábor Turi, 2018.

1-8 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance reels of three on the sides. To begin, 1st couple cross down, 1st woman passing 3rd man by the left and 1st man passing 3rd woman by the right while 2nd couple dance out and up. 1st couple finish in partner's place while 2nd couple finish between 3rd couple in the middle of the set facing up, 3rd couple finish back in places facing up.
9-12 1st couple cross over passing right shoulder (no hands) and cast down 1 place while 2nd couple dance up to top without taking hands, 2nd man finish facing out.
13-16 2nd and 1st couples chase anticlockwise half way round, 1st lady and 2nd man finish facing out.
17-18 1st couple (1st lady leading followed by her partner) cast down 2 places while 2nd couple (2nd man leading followed by his partner) cast down 1 place.
19-24 1st and 2nd couples dance three quarters of a double figure of eight round the standing 3rd couple (2nd couple always cross first).
25-26 1st woman, 2nd man, 2nd woman and 1st man cross up 1 place without taking hands, (women cross first) while 3rd couple dance up 1 place on the sidelines. Women finish facing up.
27-32 1st woman followed by 2nd and 3rd women dance across the set, behind the men and pass own partner by the left shoulder to dance back to own side. 2,3,1

Repeat from new positions.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Beatrix Wepner and Gábor Turi, 2018)


Dance Notes

If "danced" in dodgems take 16 bars of music for each 8 bars section (R 3x64 bars)

Crib Diagram

Dodgem Reel Diagram Image
Dodgem Reel - From A Reel Goulash 2

Dance Information

The dance was devised by Bexi and Gabor for David Hall for his very special birthday as a present along with a voucher of a dedicated private use of the whole dodgem facility in Böhmischer Prater, Wien.

The motto of the dance: accidents can happen only accidentally!

Music: The Wiggle in the Middle by Christina Hood.


The Bohemian Prater (German: Böhmischer Prater) is a small amusement park at the edge of Vienna (German: Wien).

It dates to the second half of the 19th century, and some of the rides are more than 100 years old. The name is derived from the larger Wiener (Viennese) Prater.

Dodgems, Böhmischer Prater - Information Video

Wien Böhmischer Prater Image
Wien Böhmischer Prater


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Dance Information from A Reel Goulash 2, Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with kind permission.
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