Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Sheltie Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Sheltie Reel
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 5: A Dozen More
3x32 bar Reel
3-couple dance in 3-couple longways set

  1-8   SET, PETRONELLA, SET AND TURN: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples set, petronella turn into a line along the middle of the dance, set to partner and turn partner with right hands once around (end with 1st couple facing down 1st woman behind 1st man, 2nd and 3rd couples facing up men behind their partners);

  9-16 TANDEM REEL OF 3 starting with 1st and 2nd couples passing right shoulders (couple switch lead at the head and foot of the reel: when dancing up the set the women are in front of their partners, whereas the men are in the lead dancing down the set), end as at the end of bar 8;

17-24 SET, PETRONELLA, SET AND CROSS: All set to partner, petronella turn into partner's place, set and cross right hands with partner to original places (end with 1st couple facing out, and 2nd couple facing up);

25-28 TULLOCH TURN: 1st and 2nd couples 1½ Tulloch turn, 1st and 2nd men by the left, 1st and 2nd women by the right;

29-32 TULLOCH TURN: 1st and 3rd couples 1½ Tulloch turn, 1st and 3rd men by the right, 1st and 3rd women by the left.

Repeat twice.

(Optional variant: dancers may prefer to turn 2½ times in the Tulloch turns)

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

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