Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Four-Handed Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Four-Handed Reel
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 5: A Dozen More
64 bars Strathspey + 64 bars Reel
2-couple dance, woman on right of partner


  9-16 GLASGOW HIGHLANDERS SETTING to partner, women pulling right shoulder back on even numbered bars;

17-24 CROSSING: women cross over passing right shoulders (bars 9-10), men cross over passing right shoulders (bars 11-12), repeat back to original places;

25-32 TURNS: turn partner once round with right hand and then with left hand;

33-64 REPEAT bars 1-32 with different Highland Step on bars 41-48, and turn opposite on bars 57-64;


  1-64 REPEAT bars 1-64 in reel tempo using Set and Spring Points and another Highland Step on bars 9-16 and 41-48, respectively, and Tulloch Turn in bars 25-32 and 57-64.

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

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