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Golden Gateway Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

GOLDEN GATEWAY REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Bob McMurtry Devil's Quandary

1- 8 1M dance LSh reel of 3 with 2s and 1M ends facing down between 3s
9-16 1L dances RSh reel of 3 with 2s while 1M dances RSh reel of 3 with 3s, 1L ends between 2s (1st place) and 1M between 3s facing down
17-24 1s dance RSh round 2M/3M and in to face 1st corners, turn corners RH (4 bars) and end facing 1st corners
25-32 1s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting ending with petronella turn to 2nd places

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


GOLDEN GATEWAY REEL 32 Bar Reel For Three Couples In A 4 Couple Set Bob Mc Murtry

Bars 1 - 8 1st man dances a left shoulder reel of three across the dance with the 2nd couple. 1st man starts by passing left shoulder with 2nd woman. 1st man ends in the middle of the set between the 3rd couple, facing down.
Bars 9 - 16 1st woman dances a right shoulder reel of three across the dance with the 2nd couple, while 1st man dances a right shoulder reel of three with the 3rd couple. 1st woman passes right shoulder with 2nd man, while 1st man passes right shoulder with 3rd man to begin the reels. 2nd couple end the reel in top place, at the sides. 1st woman ends between the 2nd couple and 1st man between the 3rd couple, first couple facing down.
Bars 17 - 24 1st couple cast to their right around the standing men to end facing first corners. 1st couple turn first corners for 4 bars, finishing facing same corners.
Bars 25 - 32 1st couple set to first corners, then to each other across the set. 1st couple set to second corners, then to each other up and down the set. 1st couple finish with a petronella-type turn to second place on own side.
Repeat, having passed a couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by Bob Mc Murtry, 2000 - Copyright © 2002 by Bob Mc Murtry. All rights reserved.)


Dance Notes

On bars 9-16, 2nd couple should dance up a bit at the beginning of the reel in order to end the reel in top place. Also both the 1st man's and 1st woman's reels start with right shoulder on the men's side of the dance to start.

(Dance Notes compiled by Bob Mc Murtry - Copyright © 2002 by Bob Mc Murtry. All rights reserved.)


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Dance Information

This dance is from "The Devil's Quandary", a collection of 60 dances, ½ beginning and ½ more advanced with 14 original tunes, 3 by Muriel Johnston, 2 by Andy Imbrie and the rest by Bob Mc Murtry.

Recommended Music: Not I, on Gang on the Same Gate by Green Ginger (CD).

(Dance Information compiled by Bob Mc Murtry - Copyright © 2002 by Bob Mc Murtry. All rights reserved.)



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