Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Reill O' Life

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Reill O' Life
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 6:
6/8x32 bar Reel
2-couple dance in 3, 4-couple longways set

  1-4   1ST WOMAN ½ FIGURE 8/1ST MAN CROSSES AND CASTS: 1st woman dances a figure of 8 through 2nd couple ending in the middle facing own side AS 1st man crosses over through his partner's place and cast off ending in the middle facing own side;

  5-8   WHEEL: 1st and 2nd couple dance right hands across: at the end 1st couple end facing own side ready for:

  9-16 REEL OF 4: 1st and 2nd couple dance a reel of 4 across the set (1st couple end by passing right shoulders instead of left ending with 1st man in the middle above 2nd couple facing women's side, and 1st woman in the middle below 2nd couple facing men's side);

17-20 WHEEL: 1st and 2nd couple dance right hands across (1st couple end facing opposite side);

21-24 CHASE: 1st man cast off round 2nd woman and across to 2nd place on own side followed by 1st woman who ends in 2nd place on own side;

25-32 CIRCLE AND BACK: 1st and 2nd couples dance round and back.

Repeat from 2nd place.

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

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