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The Saltire Society Reel

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THE SALTIRE SOCIETY REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring RSCDS Leaflet Dances 28

1- 8 1s cross down and dance out between 2s+3s turning 3s by near hand to meet partner, dance up and turn 2s by nearest hand to 2nd place opposite sides
9-16 1s cross down to 3rd place and dance reel of 3 own side (2s dance out/down as 3s dance out/up between 2s), 1s end (hold LH) facing 1st corners
17-24 1s set to 1st corners, turn inwards and set to 3rd corner as 3rd corners set advancing to dance RH across with 1s, 1s end turning to face 2nd corners
25-32 1s repeat bars 17-24 with 2nd/4th corners but dancing LH across

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

The Saltire Society Reel
Roy Goldring RSCDS Leaflet 9
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-2   1s cross down to second place (no hands);

  3-4   1L3M turn by the left WHILE 1M3L turn by the right;

  5-8   1s lead up (nearer hands joined), 1L2M turn by the left WHILE 1M2L turn by the right, 1s finishing on opposite sides facing down;

  9-16 1s cross down between 3s to start reels of 3 on own sides, 1s finishing by taking left hands to face first corners;

17-18 1s set to first corners and change hands;

19-20 1s set to partners' first corners;

21-24 1s with first corners right hands across, 1s finishing facing second corners;

25-26 1s set to second corners and change hands;

27-28 1s set to partners' second corners;

29-32 1s with second corners left hands across, 1s finishing in 2nd place.

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

Dance Notes

  9-9   3s dance out and up quickly to start the mirror reels of 3, 2s out and down slowly.

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Dance Information

The Saltire Society was established in 1936 to encourage everything that might improve the quality of life in Scotland and restore the country to its proper place as a creative force in European civilisation.

The Saltire Society also seeks to revive the memory of famous Scots and to make the nation conscious of its heritage and it seeks to preserve all that is best in Scottish tradition and to encourage new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country's cultural life. It has wide ranging interests including history, literature, music, drama, architecture and planning - and promotes excellence in many fields through a series of national awards.

A Saltire, Saint Andrew's Cross, is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross or letter ex (X). Saint Andrew is said to have been martyred on just such a cross. The word Saltire is based on the Latin "saltare" meaning to dance.

The Flag of Scotland, also known as the Saint Andrew's Cross or more commonly The Saltire (because it has the form of a saltire), is the national flag of Scotland. As the national flag, the Saltire, rather than the Royal Standard of Scotland, is the correct flag for all individuals and corporate bodies to fly. It is also, where possible, flown from Scottish Government buildings every day from 8am until sunset, with certain exceptions.

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