Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Reading Round Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Reading Round Reel (M-(S64+R64)) Sq.Set Lewis N Derrick 1985

Strathspey
1-2 Taking nearer hands with partners all set facing in
3-4 Dropping hands all dance a right-shoulder loop round partners ending in original places facing clockwise
5-8 All chase clockwise halfway round the set (men in front of partners)
9-10 Taking nearer hands with corners all set facing in
11-12 Dropping hands all dance a left-shoulder loop round corners ending in original places all facing anticlockwise
13-16 All chase anticlockwise halfway round the set (women in front of partners) ending in original places facing in
17-18 All join hands in a circle and set
19-20 Dropping hands with corners all turn in towards partners and cast (women by the left, men by the right) to the corners of the set
21-24 While 1st and 3rd men and their corners dance half diagonal rights and lefts, the 2nd and 4th men and their corners turn once round by the left hand
25-28 While 1st and 3rd men and their corners turn once round by the left hand, the 2nd and 4th men and their corners dance half diagonal rights and lefts
29-32 While 1st and 3rd men and their corners dance half diagonal rights and lefts, the 2nd and 4th men and their corners turn once round by the left hand
33-36 While 1st and 3rd men and their corners turn once round by the left hand, the 2nd and 4th men and their corners dance half diagonal rights and lefts
37-40 All turn partners once round by the right hand
41-48 Giving right shoulders to partners to begin, all dance interlocking reels of four on sidelines ending facing corners
49-52 All set to and turn corners with both hands ending facing partners
53-56 All set to and turn partners with both hands
57-64 All dance eight hands round and back

Reel
65-128 All repeat bars 1-64 in reel time

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


Dance Notes

In reel time, setting steps are used when turning corners and partners on bars 49-56.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Dance Information

This dance, The Reading Round Reel, was devised for the dancers of Reading St Andrew's Scottish Dancing Society, Reading, Berkshire.

Suggested tune: Any 64-bar Strathspey/64 bar reel medley.

Devised April 1985; first published 1987; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1985, 1987, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 2, McGhie the Moudie Catcher and Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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