Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hand-In-Hand Reel Of Three

The Hand-in-hand reel of three is a Reel of three in which one or more of the three Reeling Dancers is replaced by two Dancers, with Nearer hands joined, who follow the path of that single Dancer in the basic Reel of three. When a pair of Dancers reaches an End of the Reel, they release Nearer hands, Turn on the spot halfway individually (Pulling right shoulder back if the loop is clockwise, Pulling left shoulder back if it is anticlockwise) and Take hands again unless the Reel Finishes at that point.

Bars 9-16 of the Scottish Country Dance, Together in Kippo, shows the most common version with a pair of Dancers in every Position of the Reel of three; in this dance, the Reel has its axis on the Centre line of The set and the Figure is performed in Strathspey tempo.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Hand-in-hand reel of three, 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:

Keppoch Charm
Taobh Ri Taobh

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Hand-In-Hand Reel Of Three

Hand-In-Hand Reel Of Three Video Clip

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Additional search terms: Tandem reel of 3.