The Winsome Reel
Scottish Country Dance InstructionThe Winsome Reel
Reuben Freemantle www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com
Medley (S32 + R32) bars 1 Dancer Repeat 1 Dancer Set Square Set
The solitary dancer starts at the midpoint of first place in a square set; ghosts are similarly in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. The set size should be such that, with the ghosts replaced by dancers, all could just take hands in a circle without moving inwards.
1-16 all dance full petronella, finishing in original places, facing in;
17-32 all dance the full onesome reel:
17-18 1D dance to 3G's place WHILE 3G dance to 1D's place WHILE 2G4G exchange places similarly, all passing by the left in the centre and all finishing facing out;
19-20 all cast clockwise one place;
21-32 repeat bars 17-20 three times from new places, all finishing in original places.
33-64 As bars 1-32 of the strathspey.
(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)
Dance NotesWhen performed by a single dancer, it may be helpful to place markers (which must not interfere with dancing) in the ghosts' starting places.
The dance can also be performed with 2, 3 or 4 dancers, replacing the ghosts in the order 3 2 4.
17-18 Do not take hands in the centre.
When dancing with 3 ghosts, follow a path which would not impede them; an obstacle which does interfere with dancing (such as a standard lamp with small base, no shade and the cord wound around the pole or a fairly small pot plant or a peg driven into grass) at the centre point of the set may provide a useful discipline.
(Dance notes by the deviser, Reuben Freemantle)
Dance InformationThis dance was devised to provide some variety for the solitary dancer during the Covid-19 lockdown in UK; it is so-named because it is intended to meet the same need as the Onesome Reel.
Dance information by the deviser, Reuben Freemantle, 2020.