Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mr Luke's Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Mr Luke's Reel (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1987
1-4 The 1st and 2nd couples cross over giving right hands to partners, then, retaining hands, dance right hands across halfway
5-8 Retaining right hands throughout, the 1st and 2nd couples repeat bars 1-4 back to original places; the 2nd couple end facing out
9-16 Crossing down into second place to begin (no hands), the 1st couple dance reels of three on opposite sides with the 2nd and 3rd couples, who begin by dancing up and out and up and in respectively; the 1st couple end in top place on opposite sides
17-24 Crossing down into second place to begin (no hands), the 1st couple dance reels of three on their own sides with the 2nd and 3rd couples, who continue dancing on their own sides; the 1st couple end in top place on their own sides
25-32 The 1st and 2nd couples change places with a rondel

Repeat having passed a couple

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


Dance Notes

In this dance the rondel should flow straight on from the reels, the 1st couple, in top place, dancing in and down again with right hands joined while the 2nd couple, dancing up from third place, join nearer hands to form an arch. On the second repetition the dancing couple should dance down to bottom place on the last two bars while the 4th couple step up into third place.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Dance Information

This dance, Mr Luke's Reel, was devised for Peter Luke of Reading (aka 'Pete the Feet').

Suggested tune: Miss Alison Little.

Devised January 1987; first published 1988; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1987, 1988, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 3, Peggy Mcghie's Reel And Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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