Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Tandem Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Tandem Reel
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Gaelic College SCD Book 4: A Reel Dozen
Reel n x 32 bars 2 Threesome Repeat 2 Threesome Set Progressive Round the Room Set
Line of 3 facing line of 3 as in The Dashing White Sergeant, numbered as follows:
2 - C#2 - 1 (facing anticlockwise around the room)
3 - C#1 - 4 (facing clockwise around the room)

  1-8   CENTRES BACK-TO-BACK AND 1½ TULLOCH TURN: centres dance back-to-back, then turn each other with right arms 1½ times round and 8 Tulloch steps to end with C#2 behind C#1 facing clockwise around the room;

  9-24 ½ TANDEM REELS OF 3: centres dance ½ Tandem Reels of 3 going around each corner position in turn (#1, #2, #3 and #4) switching the lead at the head of each ½ reel AS the left hand corners dance a ½ reel of 3 (bars 9-12), right hand corners dance a ½ reel of 3 (bars 13-16), the left hand corners dance a ½ reel of 3 (bars 17- 20), and the right hand corners dance a ½ reel of 3 (bars 21-24): (centres end in opposite places);

25-32 CORNERS BACK-TO-BACK AND 1½ TULLOCH TURN: corners dance back-to-back with opposite person and turn 1½ times around with right arms and 8 Tulloch steps;

Repeat with next line of 3.

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

Dance Notes

As with all dances having this format, the number of repeats is not fixed.
The three partners are not specifically men or women.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)

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