They Reel'd And Set
Scottish Country Dance InstructionThey Reel'd and Set
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 2: Let's dance
6/8x32 bar reel
2-couple dance in 3 or 4-couple longways set
1-4 MEN AROUND PARTNERS: 1st and 2nd men nearer hands joined dance between partners, divide and cast into the middle of the dance ending with 1st man just above 1st place facing down and 2nd man just below 2nd place facing up;
5-8 WOMEN AROUND PARTNERS: women nearer hands joined dance between partners, divide and cast all the way around partners ending in the middle of dance facing up;
9-16 TANDEM REEL OF 3 AND ½ TURN: 1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of 3 along the middle of the dance: the women in tandem (staying close to one another) start by passing 1st man by the right shoulder and switching lead at each end of the reel, on Bar 16 turn partner ½ with appropriate hand (1st couple right hands, 2nd couple left hands);
17-24 TANDEM REEL OF 3 AND ¾ TURN: 1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of 3 along the middle of the dance: the men in tandem (staying close to one another) start by passing 1st woman by the right shoulder and switching lead at each end of the reel, on bars 23-24 turn partner ¾ round with appropriate hand (1st couple with right hands, 2nd couple with left hands) to end in middle on opposite side back-to-back with other couple (1st couple facing up, 2nd couple facing down);
25-32 SET AND LINK BACK-TO-BACK TWICE: 1st and 2nd couples set and link twice each person rotating one place clockwise with each link (after first link 1st couple are facing women's side with 1st woman on the left of her partner, and 2nd couple are facing men's side 2nd woman on right of partner: at the end of second link couples dance out to own side, 2nd couple in 1st place, 1st couple in 2nd place).
Repeat from 2nd place.
(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)
Dance InformationThe title of this dance, They Reel'd And Set, comes from the Tam O' Shanter - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1790, while living in Dumfries, Scotland.
They reel'd, they set, they cross'd, they cleekit
Till ilka carlin swat and reekit
"Tam O' Shanter And The Witches" John Faed (1819-1902), Print, c. 1892
Image copyright John Faed [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.