Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Razzle-Dazzle Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Razzle-Dazzle Reel (R5x32) 5D set Lewis N Derrick 1993
This is a longwise dance for five single dancers in any gender combination.

1-4 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd dancers dance a petronella turn to the right and set, ending 31245
5-8 The 3rd, 1st and 2nd dancers repeat bars 1-4, ending 23145
9-16 The 3rd, 1st and 4th dancers dance right hands across and left hands back
17-20 The 1st, 4th and 5th dancers dance a petronella turn to the right and set, ending 23514
21-24 The 5th, 1st and 4th dancers repeat bars 17-20, ending 23451
25-32 The 2nd, 4th and 1st dancers dance a reel of three on the women's side; to begin the 4th and 1st dancers pass right shoulders and the 2nd dancer dances in and down

Repeat four more times from new positions each time

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

Dance Notes

At the beginning and end of each repetition there are three dancers on the women's side of the set (first, third and fifth places) and two dancers on the men's side (second and fourth places) spaced, but not too widely, as if they each had a partner opposite them.

On each repetition the 1st dancer ends in fifth place while everyone else zig-zags up the dance one place, 5 becomes 4, 4 becomes 3, 3 becomes 2 and 2 becomes 1.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)

Dance Information

Razzle-Dazzle means a rowdy frolic, or spree!

Suggested tune: Babes in the Wood

Devised 1993, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 1993, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.

Dance information from The Quinary Suite Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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