Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Rustington Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Rustington Reel (R64) Sq.Set Lewis N Derrick 1976

1-6 All four men dance a Petronella turn anticlockwise and set, followed by another Petronella turn to end on opposite sides of the set in the women's places while all four women cast by the right into their partners' places, dance in front of the next man and cast behind their partners to end on the opposite side of the set in the men's places
7-8 With nearer hands joined (men with partners on their left), all set
9-14 All four women dance a Petronella turn anti clockwise and set, followed by another Petronella turn to end back in original places while all four men cast by the right, dance in front of the next woman and cast behind their partners to end in original places
15-16 All four women set on the sidelines while all four men dance a Petronella turn to end back to back in the centre of the set facing partners
17-24 Giving right hands to partners to begin, and with two steps per hand, all dance a star chain halfway round; retaining the last left hand the four men take right hands with partners in a double, double triangles formation on bar 24
25-32 All dance double, double triangles
33-40 Giving right hands to partners to begin, and with two steps per hand, all dance a star chain halfway round; ending facing partners again as on bar 16
41-48 Turning partners three quarters round by the right hand to begin, all dance interlocking reels of four on the sides of the set (pass right, left, right and back again), ending in original places with all the men facing in and all the women facing out
49-64 All repeat bars 1-16, ending with the four men back to back in the centre of the set (as on bar 16) for the final chord

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


Dance Notes

Double double triangles:

This figure is danced in square formation with the men back to back in the centre of the set and the women on the sidelines; the setting is the same as in normal double triangles, the men rotating back to back halfway round clockwise on bars 3-4 and 7-8 and everyone dancing the whole eight bars.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Dance Information

Suggested tune: Ailsa's Fancy.

Devised 1976 and revised 1987; first published 1989; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1976, 1987, 1989, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.


Rustington is a town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex.

Rustington is approximately at the midpoint of the West Sussex coast and midway between the county town of Chichester and Brighton. The A259 runs along the north of Rustington, westward to Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Chichester, and east to Worthing and Brighton.

With a population of over 14,000 in 2014, it has the size and facilities of a small town, including a shopping area with a mix of independent and chain stores.

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Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 4, The McGhie's Seat And Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Rustington article on Wikipedia.
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