Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Diagonal Reel Of Four

The Diagonal reel of four is a Reel of four in which the axis is on a Diagonal line in The set. Most commonly in Scottish Country Dancing, the axis is on either the first or Second corners' Diagonal, the Dancing couple start back to back Facing their Corners and perform with them.
For example, in bars 17-24 of The Black Mountain Reel, there are two Reels on the First corners' Diagonals performed by the two Dancing couples: 1st Couple in 2nd Place, supported by 2nd Man and 4th Lady; and 3rd Couple in 4th Place, supported by 4th Man and 5th Lady.

Occasionally, two Couples in adjacent Places perform the Reel on a shallower Diagonal as, for example, the 1st and 2nd Couples in bars 9-16 of Fraser's Favourite.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Diagonal reel of four, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Bailey's Irish Cream
Broadford Bay
Little Ross Light
Miss Kenyon's Strathspey
Saltire Medley
St Andrew's Course
Tribute To Talent
Winding Road

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Diagonal Reel Of Four Video Clip

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