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Nimbus 2002

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Nimbus 2002
80 Bar Reel For 4 Couples In A Square Set, Devised By Vicky Goodloe, 2002.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Also see the dance Nimbus 2017 adaptation by John Aitken.

Nimbus 2002 depicts a game of Quidditch from Harry Potter.

The game is fast, so the team decide to practise slowly (Strathspey), shake hands and then play for real. The Schiehallion reels show one team (the men) racing quickly ahead, followed closely by the other team (women). Then the teams reorganise and try to set up their next plays (hands across and casting off); suddenly the women are in the lead on the reels, and the men are chasing behind.

The interlocking half reels of four and turning are further evidence of skilful players trying to outsmart each other on the pitch, before the first man then holds the Golden Snitch aloft in victory at the end!
(Dance Information From YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv4O62mhrs0.)


In the world of the Harry Potter novels and movies, Quidditch is a magical competitive sport involving flying contestants. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding flying broomsticks, using four balls: a Quaffle, two Bludgers, and a Golden Snitch. Six ring-shaped goals are situated atop poles of different heights, three on each side of the pitch. It is an extremely rough but very popular semi-contact sport, played by wizards and witches.
Golden Snitch Image
Golden Snitch


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Text from this original Quidditch article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Karen Roe from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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