Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Lewisian Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE LEWISIAN REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick Ness House 2

1- 8 1s set, dance down nearer hands joined for 2 steps, dance up (2 steps) and cast to 2nd place (2s step up 7-8)
9-16 1s dance diagonal R&L (RH to 1st corner to start) and end facing 4th corner (position)
17-24 1s dance diagonal RSh reel with 4th corners, Bars 23-24: 1s ½ turn LH finishing side by side in middle facing opposite sides while corners finish reel
25-32 1s dance RH across (1L with 2s and 1M with 3s), 1s pass RSh to dance LH across with other couple. 213

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

The Lewisian Reel (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1995

1-8 The 1st couple set, then, giving nearer hands, dance down the middle for two steps, turn in and dance up for two steps before casting off into second place on their own sides. The 2nd couple step up on bars 7-8
9-16 Giving right hands to first corners to begin, the 1st couple dance diagonal rights and lefts with the 2nd man and 3rd woman, dancing in slightly on bar 16 to end in a diagonal line facing partners' second corners
17-24 Giving right shoulders to partners' second corners to begin, the 1st couple dance a diagonal reel of four with the 2nd woman and 3rd man. On bars 23-24 the 1st couple, giving left hands, dance a half turn to end side by side in the middle of the set, the woman facing the men's side, the man facing the women's side, while the 2nd woman and 3rd man finish the reel with polite turns
25-28 The 1st woman with the 2nd couple and the 1st man with the 3rd couple dance right hands across, the first couple pass right shoulders on bar 28
29-32 The 1st man with the 2nd couple and the 1st woman with the 3rd couple dance left hands across, the 1st couple end in second place on own sides

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)

Dance Information

This dance, The Lewisian Reel, was devised by Lewis Derrick for Lewis Innes from SNDC, Reading, Berkshire.

Suggested tune: A Scots Measure.

Devised 1995, first published by the Scottish National Dance Company, Reading, Berkshire, 1997 (Ness House Collection Vol. 2)

Copyright 1995, 1997, 2020, Lewis N. Derrick.

Dance information with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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