Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Reel Nightmare

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A Reel Nightmare
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 4: A Reel Dozen
Strathspey   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   RIGHT HAND WHEELS: 1st with 2nd, and 3rd with 4th couples dance right hands across once around ending with 2nd man and 3rd woman facing out;

  5-8   AROUND CORNER: 2nd and 3rd couples dance clockwise around corners (2nd woman round 1st woman, 2nd man round 1st man, 3rd woman round 4th woman, and 3rd man round 4th man);

  9-12 CENTRES LEFT HAND WHEEL: 2nd and 3rd couples dance left hands across ending facing corners (2nd and 1st men, 2nd and 1st women, 3rd and 4th men, 3rd and 4th men);

13-24 INTERSECTING REELS OF 4: Diagonal reels of 4 (1st and 2nd men with 3rd and 4th women; 1st and 2nd women with 3rd and 4th men) (pass though the middle by dancing left hands across halfway for 2 bars, and take 4 bars to dance round the ends of the reels);

25-28 CENTRES HIGHLAND SETTING: 2nd and 3rd couples set with a stationary Highland Setting step (e.g. Rocking step, Back Step, Toe-and-Heel);

29-32 CENTRES THRO' ARCH AND INTO END PLACES: 2nd couple dances under an arch made by 3rd couple, both couples dance to ends of the set, then divide and cast into end places (1st and 4th couples step into the middle places on bars 29-30).
Order is now 3rd, 1st, 4th, 2nd.

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

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