Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Dundee Wheeler

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE DUNDEE WHEELER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Carole Skinner Eternal Friendship

1- 8 1L followed by partner casts 2 places and crosses to 3M place, 1M to 3L place while 2s+3s set and cross up (no hands), 3s+1s dance RH across, 1L finish facing out
9-16 1L followed by partner casts up 1 place and crosses to 2L place, 1M to 2M place (3s step down 11-12), 2s+1s dance LH across, 1L finish facing out
17-20 1s dance ½ Alternating Tandem reel of 3 across with 2s (1L LSh to 2M in 1L place)
21-24 1s dance ½ Alternating Tandem reel of 3 across with 3s (1M LSh to 3L in 3M place) ending 2nd place own side. 213
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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

Dance Information

Yes! We know that there is a dance called The Dundee Whaler. No! The Dundee Wheeler is not a misprint.

The Dundee Wheeler celebrates the life of Rod Nicoll, a Dundonian who, as an accomplished Scottish country dancer, emigrated to Canada in 1966 with his young family, and quickly became a valuable part of the RSCDS Toronto scene, both as a member of the Scarborough Social Group and as a Demonstration Dancer of note.

In his younger days in Scotland, Rod could always be found on wheels of one kind or another... for example, cycling around the Highlands. He can regale you with stories about the joys of powering his way on two wheels, up the steep and never-ending climb from Tarbet to "Rest And Be Thankful", with other members of his cycling club on their way to "Inveraray"... and in later years, covering the same "Winding Road" on a motorcycle with wife Muriel on the back. Switching to four wheels before coming to Canada, Rod became an Inverness-based rep in the medical supply business, and successfully wheeled his way around the length and breadth of Scotland. Truth be known, at some point or another, it is likely that Rod has even tried Scottish Country Dancing on roller skates.

Regrettably, Rod is no longer physically able to dance, but he is still to be found on wheels, happily tooling his way around Scarborough managing the controls of a motorized wheelchair. His love of Scottish country dancing remains unabated however, and he can often be seen at a Monthly Dance or in one Social Group or another, or at the AGM, chatting with other veterans of RSCDS Toronto.

To celebrate Rod's 70th birthday, his daughter Carole Skinner devised a 32- bar Jig called The Dundee Wheeler in recognition of Rod's long and varied past. This dance has already been performed by both the Petronella (Thornhill) and Highlands of Durham Social Groups where Carole teaches.

Rod remains content in the thought that with wife Muriel, daughter Carole, and granddaughter Amanda, there are three generations of the Nicoll family still dancing as members of RSCDS Toronto.

Happy Birthday, Rod!

The Barry Pipes Canon 001- November, 2005.

Rod Nicoll At The 1024-Some Demo, 1993, At SkyDome, Toronto

Dance information from Set&Link, RSCDS Toronto Newsletter - What's In A Name? The Barry Pipes Canon 2005 - 2018, reproduced here with kind permission. Copyright Barry Pipes. All rights reserved.
Image copyright Rod Nicoll, Barry Pipes.

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