Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Reel For Rajiv

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Reel For Rajiv
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 5:
A dance to celebrate Rajiv Choudhury's graduation in October 2008 with a R.N. degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. 8x32 bar Reel 3-couple dance in 4-couple longways set

  1-8   3-COUPLE SET AND ROTATE: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples set (2 bars), pull right shoulder back, casting into a brief clockwise chase to form lines across the dance (2 bars), change places right hand up and down with partner (2 bars), and continue to chase clockwise to own sides (2 bars); order is now 3, 2, 1;
[This figure depicts the major reorientation in life Rajiv underwent when first entering the Nursing Program at Dalhousie several years ago as a mature student.]

  9-16 MEET AND GREET: 1st couple (in 3rd place) set to each other and change places passing right hands, then each set on the side to the person above (1st man to 2nd woman and 1st woman to 2nd man) and change places left hands (1st woman ends facing out);
[This figure depicts the experience Rajiv reports of meeting and greeting so many wonderful new people during his course of studies.]

17-24 ½ TANDEM REELS WITH CORNERS: 1st couple (in tandem) dance a half reel of 3 with 1st corners (1st couple begin by passing 3rd man (in 1st place) by the right shoulder), then reel halfway with 2nd corners (begin by passing 2nd man, in 3rd place, by the right shoulder). N.B. 1st couple change lead behind each corner, ending on own side in 2nd place;
[This figure, with its challenging movements based on a Reel of Three motif, depicts the major accomplishment Rajiv achieved in managing three demanding tasks simultaneously, namely Full-time Family, Full-time Studies, and Full-time Work];

25-32 ALL SET AND CROSS, 1ST COUPLE 1½ TURN: all set and cross right hand, then 1st couple continue turning 1½ times to own side in 2nd place. (N.B. on bars 29-32 of the second repetition, 1st couple turns quickly and casts off to 4th place, 4th couple stepping up on bars 31-32).
[This figure depicts the graduation celebration]

Repeat from 2nd place.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

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