Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Round Reel Of Eight

Scottish Country Dance Instruction


1-16 All Ladies cast and dance clockwise round outside of set back to place, Men repeat Fig but cast and dance anticlockwise round set
17-32 All dance Grand Chain ½ way (6 bars) and set to partner, continue Chain back to place (6 bars) and set to partner
33-40 1s+3s change places, 1s dancing between 3s (3 bars), repeat back to places, 3s dancing between 1s, 1s+3s turn RH into Allemande hold
41-48 1s+3s dance round inside of set anticlockwise in Allemande hold
49-64 2s+4s repeat Fig bars 33-48 with 2s dancing between 4s to start
65-88 1s+3s dance ½ R&L, 2s+4s dance ½ R&L, repeat back to places, all circle 8H round and back

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Round Reel of Eight
Anon RSCDS Book 27
Reel 88 bars 4 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Square Set

  1-8   Ls cast clockwise and chase around the set to places;

  9-16 Mn cast anticlockwise and chase around the set to places;

17-22 all grand chain halfway, finishing facing partner;

23-24 all set to partner;

25-32 repeat bars 17-24, finishing in places;

33-35 1s, with nearer hands joined, cross between 3s to exchange places with them, all finishing facing in;

36-38 3s, with nearer hands joined, cross between 1s to finish in places, 1s 3s facing partner;

39-40 1s 3s turn by the right into allemande hold, facing in;

41-48 in allemande hold, 1s 3s dance anticlockwise around the inside of the set, finishing in places;

49-64 2s dancing as 1s, 3s as 4s, repeat bars 33-48, finishing in places;

65-68 1s3s half rights and lefts;

69-72 2s4s half rights and lefts;

73-80 repeat bars 65-72, finishing in places;

81-88 all 8 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

17-22 This grand chain halfway requires careful phrasing: 1 bar each for partner and second corner, 2 bars each for opposite and first corner is particularly elegant.

33-38 Again, care is required with phrasing.

    -35 At the end of the crossing, 3s turn towards each other, 1s away from each other.

41-48 1s 3s acknowledge side couples as they pass them.

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