Scottish Country Dance InstructionHelen'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 NotesAlthough 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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