Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Helen's Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Helen's Reel
Keith Rose   2012
Reel   6 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross and cast;

  5-8   1s cross up into half figures of eight across, finishing in second place on own sides, facing in and down;

  9-16 2s1s3s mirror reels of three on own sides;

17-20 1s cross and cast;

21-24 1s cross up into half figures of eight across, finishing in third place on own sides, facing in;

25-32 2s3s1s 6 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

Although 3 x 32 bars would normally suffice for a dance of this format, the deviser recommends 6 x 32 bars because the repeat length is short.

  3-4   2s step up.

  9-16 Take hands with partner, but only very briefly, whenever close enough in the reels.

    -16 2s 3s flow into places in the sidelines, first corners pulling left shoulder back, second corners right.

19-20 3s step up.

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