Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Ithaca Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Ithaca Reel 8x32 bar Reel for 3 Couples Rod Downey The Cane Toad Collection
A three couple, 32 bar reel.

1-2 First and second men and first and second women change places with right hands.
3-4 Second and first couples dance right hands across half-way round.
5-6 First, second and third couples cross over giving right hands.
7-8 First, second and third couples set with nearer hands joined on the sides.
9-12 First woman dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in the middle in second place facing second woman then dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in third woman's place
while
second man dances a "Petronella" turn to finish facing first man then dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in first woman's place
while
third man dances a "Petronella" turn to finish facing third woman then dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in second man's place
while
first man and second and third women set twice.
13-14 First, second and third couples set with nearer hands joined on the sides.
15-16 First couple dance "Petronella" turns to finish back to back in the middle with first man facing up and first woman facing down
while
second man dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in first man's place facing down
while
second woman dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in first woman's place facing down
while
third couple dance "Petronella" turns to finish in original places facing up.
17-24 First, second and third couples dance Double Triangles facing up and down the set. On bars 23-24 first couple dance out to own sides in second place. On bar 24 second man and third woman turn to face across the set.
25-28 First couple dance half rights and lefts on the diagonal with second man and third woman - first woman and second man and first man and third woman changing places with right hands to begin
while
second woman and third man dance clockwise half-way round the outside.
Second man and third woman finish facing out.
29-32 First couple dance half rights and lefts on the diagonal with second woman and third man - first woman and second man and first man and third woman changing places with right hands to begin
while
second man and third woman dance counter clockwise half-way round the outside.

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)


Dance Information

This dance, Ithaca Reel, was devised in Ithaca, New York in November, 1992.

Given to the dance group at Cornell University. This group loves complicated and vigorous dances.

Suitable music - "Ye're Welcome, Charly Stuart" recorded by Colin Finlayson and his Scottish Dance Band on "Music For Twelve Scottish Country Dances Book 7" (RSDCS 9), side 1, track 6 or "Ye're Welcome, Charlie Stuart" recorded by The Berkeley Scottish Players on "None So Pretty" (Cabbage Records 405), side 2, track 2.

Town of Ithaca marker in front of the Town Hall
Tioga Street, Ithaca, New York


Published in The Cane Toad Collection.
Dance information from The Cane Toad Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.
Image copyright Kenneth C. Zirkel, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

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