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Iron Horse Reel

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IRON HORSE REEL (R4x32) 4C set Jacob Steel
2s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across; 1s and 4s chase clockwise ½ round while 2s+3s dance LH across. 4(2)3(1)
9-12 4s+2s also 3s+1s pass each other RSh on sides (2 bars), 2s and 3s chase clockwise ½ round (2 bars) while 4s+1s dance LH across (2 bars) and cross LH with partner to form 2 lines of 4 across set
13-16 Repeat 9-12 from new positions to form lines up/down
17-20 Repeat 9-12 from new positions to form lines across
21-24 Repeat 9-12 from new positions to form lines up/down. 4(2)3(1)
25-32 4s+2s also 3s+1s turn 1½ RH to change places; 2s+4s+1s+3s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 on sides. 3(1)4(2)

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


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