# Half Diagonal Reel Of Four

The*Half diagonal reel of four*is a particularly common

*Figure*which is exactly half of the

*Diagonal reel of four*; it takes 4 bars and interchanges the

*Corners*.

It is usually followed by another *Half diagonal reel of four* with the other *Corners*; although the *Middle* dancers should strictly pass *By the left* between these *Reels*, it has become common practice to pass *By the right* and, indeed, this is often now specified by devisers.

In bars 9-24 of Mairi's Wedding, the *1st Couple Dance* four successive *Half diagonal reels of four*, starting by *Facing*, successively, their *1st Corners*, their *2nd Corners*, their *1st Corners* in their *Partner's First corner positions* and their *2nd Corners* in their *Partner's Second corner positions*.

As devised, the *Dancing couple* should pass *By the left* between the *Half diagonal reels of four* though only the more pedantic Scottish Country Dancers insist upon doing this nowadays.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term,

*Half diagonal reels of four*, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

Back To Bach

Bluebell Strathspey

Duncan Gray

Friday's Child

Jubilee Line

Mrs Stewart Of Fasnacloich

Recumbent Stone

Renwick Reel

Sugar Loaf Jig

Torridon Lassies

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