SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCES - REELS
On these pages I have listed a number of Scottish Country Dances. If you have any more you would like entered, please send them to Meredith and I will add them to this page.
The Blooms of Bon Accord
The Peat Fire Flame
Reel of the 51st Division
Barr's Wedding Birl
The Kelpie of Loch Coruisk
The Lanes of Au
The Altamont Fair
The Rakish Highlandman
None So Pretty
Lady Sophia Lindsey
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
1-4 1C cast off one place
5-8 1C & 3C right hands across
9-12 1C & 2C left hands across
13-16 1L followed by 1M dance out the side line, round 2L , 1L picks up the 3C and 1M picks up 2C
17-24 All down the middle and back
25-28 1M followed by 1L round 2L into second place
29-32 Turn by the RH
33-40 All three couples six hands round and back
1-8 1L and 3M turn RH, dance round partner giving RS, turn RH to
9-16 1C and 3C balance in line, turn end person in, balance in line, turn partner LH to original places
17-24 1C and 3C dance rights and lefts
25-32 1C and 3C dance ladies chain
33-40 All turn corners RH, balance in circle, turn partner LH
41-48 All promenade anti clockwise. Repeat with 2L & 4M, 3L & 1M, 4L & 2M leading
1-4 2C dance a half figure of eight up round 1C to finish facing 1st corners whilst 4C dance a half figure of eight down round 5C to face 1st corners
5-8 2C & 4C set to 1st corners, pull LS back and set to 2nd corners
9-16 2C, 4C dance diagonal reels of four with 2nd corner, ending on the wrong side
17-20 All advance and retire
The next 8 bars comprise 4 diagonal crossings, always with someone of the same sex.
21-22 The top four people on the men's side cross with the bottom four people on the ladies side RH
23-24 The top four people on the ladies' side cross with the bottom four people on the men's side LH
25-28 Repeat bars 21-24
29-32 The couples in 2nd and 4th places turn 1-1/2 times giving RH, to end on own sides. Repeat from new positions with new partner
1-8 1C, 3C, 5C cross RH and cast off one place while 2C, 4C, 6C step up. 1M, 3M, 5M cross down and cast up one place while 1L, 2L, 5L cross up and cast off one place while 2C, 4C, 6C,7C set and cross RH. 1C, 3C, 5C finish RS to RS with partner facing 2nd corner positions ready for....
9-24 1C, 3C, 5C dance four half diagonal reels of four, passing partner RS in the middle and finish in the middle with men above ladies. On reaching the ends of the set, 4C, 6C stand for 4 bars then rejoins the half reels in the opposite direction.
25-32 1C, 3C, 5C turn 3/4 RH to finish in the middle facing up. 1C followed by 3C, 5C lead to the top and cast off - 1C to 6th place, 3C to 4th place and 5C to 2nd place-finish 7C,5C,6C,3C,4C,1C,2C
2C are dancing couple to begin
1-4 2C turn with RH, 2L with 1C, 2M with 3C LH across 1/2 way
5-8 2C dance round to face 1st corner position, while 1C & 3C dance R&L (begin by crossing on sidelines)
9-16 2C LH to corner, corner pass RH in middle, while 2C set, then give LH to opposite corner position, while corners set
17-24 Repeat with 2nd corners, finish RH joined facing 1C at top
25-28 1C & 2C RH across 1/2 way 1C & 3C LH across 1/2 way
29-32 2C RH turn 1 1/2 times while 1C LH turn 1 1/2 times, 3C stand still in 2nd place, start again.
1-8 First man, followed by 2nd man, dances a figure of eight around the two women, beginning by giving right shoulder to 2nd woman. They finish in each others' places.
9-12 The two women set twice across the dance, inner hands joined.
13-16 Four hands once round.
17-20 All advance and retire two steps diagonally toward the center.
21-24 Second couple advance and retire again WHILE 1st couple advance and turn with right hands to face 2nd couple ready for diagonal reel of four.
25-32 Reel of four beginning by giving LEFT shoulders. The two women change places by the left at the end of the reel.
1-4 First and 2nd couples set on the sides and dance right hands across half-way.
5-8 They set again and return with left hands.
9-12 First man set to 2nd woman and turn her with right hands in two skip changes.
13-16 First woman and 2nd man do the same.
17-20 First couple cross with right hands and cast off around 2nd couple who step up.
21-24 First couple half figure of eight around 2nd couple.
25-32 Second and 1st couples rights and lefts.
1-8 "Rights and Lefts with a twist": 1st and 2nd couples dance half rights and lefts in four bars. On bars 5-6, they turn partners once all the way round with right hands, and then on bars 7-8, they change places with left hands on the sides to finish on opposite sides.
9-16 First couple dance a half figure eight around 2nd couple, beginning by crossing down. They dance through their original positions to join in reverse promenade hold. Giving collective left shoulder to 2nd man (who is in his partner's place), they dance a half reel of three across the dance with 2nd couple. Second couple finish in original places and 1st couple finish at the top ready to
17-24 Dance down the middle and up.
25-32 First and 2nd couples poussette.
1-8 First couple set, turn half-way with right hands into second place on partner's side, set, and turn with right hands to finish with first woman facing her first corner, her partner behind her.
9-16 First man follows his partner as she dances a right shoulder reel of three diagonally with first corners, finishing facing her second corner.
17-24 Repeat with second corners, but on the last two steps of the reel first woman pulls her left shoulder back to face first man and turn with left hands to face first corners.
25-28 First couple turn first corners with right hands, then pass by the right to face 2nd corners. (Corners dance four steps.)
29-32 First couple turn 2nd corners with right hands, then pass by the right to own sides.
1-8 First couple set and cast (2nd couple step up) then set and woman casts up, man casts down.
9-16 Reels of three across the dance, 1st woman giving right shoulder to 2nd man, while 1st man gives right shoulder to 3rd woman. Finish facing corners.
17-24 First couple set to 1st corners and partner (as in hello-goodbye setting) then turn with right hands to face 2nd corners. Repeat with 2nd corners to finish in 2nd place.
25-32 First couple pass right shoulders and dance around 1st corner positions, while 1st corners turn with right hands. Repeat with 2nd corners, finishing with 1st couple passing right shoulders to 2nd place.
1-8 First couple set and cast off two places. Second couple move up. First couple lead up to corners.
9-10 First couple set to first corners.
11-12 First couple turn corner with right hands with skip change of step and give left hand to partner.
13-14 All four set in diagonal line.
15-16 First couple turn with left hands to face second corners.
17-22 Repeat bars 9-14 with second corners.
23-24 First couple cross with left hands to second place.
25-32 Circle six hands round and back.
1- 8 1C turn RH, cast one place, turn LH to finish with 1L between 2C; 1M between 3C
9-16 2C,1L set twice to 1M,3C in lines across -1L pulling RS back to finish between 2M,3M while 1M pulls RS back to finish between 2L,3L. 2C,1C,3C set twice on the sides
17-24 1C pass their 2nd corners RS to begin reels of 3 on the sides
25-40 1L,2L pass LS to dance a reel of 4 across.1C,2C dance an allemande to change places
Two chords - on the second chord 3C,4C cross to wrong sides
1- 8 2C,3C dance a RH wheel - finish with 2C facing the ladies' side and 3C facing the men's side. Ladies closely followed by their partners - 2C dance up round 1L while3C dance down round 4L into ...
9-16 2C,1M and 3C,4M dance RH wheels. 2C,1L and 3C,4L dance LH wheels - finish with 2C on men's side facing out and down, 3C on ladies' side facing out and up
17-24 2C,3C dance reels of 3 on the sides with 2C,3C still dancing as one - ladies closely followed by their partners.Finish the reels with 2C at the top on own sides; 3C at the bottomon wrong sides; 1C,4C facing on the sides
25-32 1C,4C set and change places RH on the sides. 4C,1C set and cross RH
1- 8 1C,3C set and cast off one place. 1C,3C turn partners LH to finish on own sides in 2nd and 4th places
9-16 1L passes 2M LS to dance a reel of 3 with 2C while 1M,3L pass LS to dance a reel of 4 with 4C while3M passes 5L LS to dance a reel of 3 with 5C
17-24 All dance RH wheels (1L,3L up, 1M,3M down). 1C,3C pass partners RS to dance LH wheels finish with 1C,3C passing partners LS to face 1st corners
25-32 1C,3C turn corner, partner, corner and pass partners LS to finish back-to-back ready for...
33-40 All dance double double triangles - 1C,3C finish by dancing round partners (passing RS) to own sides
41-48 1M,3M cast up one place and dance down while 1L,3L cast off one place and dance up (1L,3M passing LS). 1C,3C turn partners RH and cast off one place to finish in the order 2,4,1,5,3
1- 8 1C dance down diagonally while 2C step up. 1L,3M turn LH while 1M,3L turn RH. 1C dance up. 1L,2M turn LH while 1M,2L turn RH - 1C finish in 2nd place on
the wrong sides facing down
9-16 2C,1C,3C dance reels of 3 on the sides. To start - 2C dance out and down, 1C dance diagonally down back to own sides, 3C dance out and up. 1C finish the reel side-by-side in the middle with LH joined, facing 1st corners (but in a diagonal
line between 2nd corners)
17-24 1C set to 1st corners, turn inwards to join RH with partner and set to partners' 1st corners. 1st corners advance to form a RH wheel on bar 20. 1C,1st corners dance a RH
wheel - 1C finish facing 2nd corners
25-32 Repeat bars 17-24 with 2nd corners - set to corners, turn in to join LH and set to partners' corners, LH wheel - 1C finish in 2nd place
1- 8 1C,2C circle 4 hands round to the left. 1C set and cast one place
9-16 1C,3C dance a RH wheel. 1C,3C dance a LH wheel
17-24 1C set to and turn 1st corner BH then set to and turn 2nd corners BH
25-32 1C dance reels of 3 on the wrong sidelines, passing their 1st corners LS to start
1- 8 1C,2C,3C advance and retire, turn partners BH with skip change of step
9-16 1C cast off to begin figures of 8 on the sides around 2C,3C. 1C finish by casting off one place while 2C step up
17-24 2C,1L and 1M,3C dance RH wheels. 1C pass RS to change wheels. 2C,1M and 1L,3C dance LH wheels. 1C pass LS to finish facing 1st corners
25-32 1C turn corner, partner, corner and cross partner LH to finish in 2nd place
33-40 2C,1C,3C circle 6 hands round and back
1- 4 1C cross down RH to double triangle positions, 2C,1C,3C set
5- 8 1C dance out and up on the wrong sides and dance down one place with nearer hands joined
9-12 2M,1L,3M dance a RH wheel while 2L,1M,3L dance a LH wheel
13-20 1C followed by 2C,3C dance down the set. 3C followed by 2C,1C dance back up the set
21-24 3C cast off to own place while 2C dance up to 1st place. 2M,1L,3M dance a LH wheel while 2L,1M,3L dance a RH wheel
25-32 1C dance up to the top, cast on the wrong sides and dance half a figure of 8 up round 2C to 2nd place
1- 8 1M,2L,3M,4L dance a diagonal reel of 4
8-16 1L,2M,3L,4M dance a diagonal reel of 4
17-20 1C turn RH and cast one place while 4C turn RH and cast up one place
21-24 1C,4C circle 4 hands round to the left
25-28 1C,4C,3C dance half reels of 3 on the sidelines (1C,4C pass RS to start the reels)
29-32 2C,3C and 4C,1C circle 4 hands round to the left
1- 8 1C turn once RH, cast one place and dance round 1st corners passing them by LS
9-16 2C,1C,3C dance half a reel of 3 on the sidelines, 1M,3C and 1L,2C dance half a LS reel of 3 across the set to finish - 3C on wrong sides, 1C on right sides, 2C on wrong sides
17-24 1C turn 3/4 LH to face 1st corner person, turn corner RH, pass partner RS and turn 2nd corner RH into promenade hold with 1C on the left of their corners
25-28 1L,3M dance down and across below 3M's place and turn 1/2 RH to finish with 1L in 2M's place, 3M in his own while 1M,2L dance up and across above 2L's place and turn 1/2 RH to finish with 2L in 1L's place, 1M in 2L's place (2L and 3M pass RS in the promenade)
29-32 3L,1M and 1L,2M dance half diagonal rights and lefts
1- 8 1C cross RH and cast one place, dance half a RH wheel with 2C. 1C,2C set
9-16 1C,2C dance rights and lefts, finishing by turning the last person 1-1/4 LH to finish in line across with 1M on his own side facing down, 2L in the middle facing up, 1L beside 2L facing down and 2M on the ladies' side facing up ready for ....
17-24 The Targe - 1L,2L turn 3/4 RH while 1M,2M dance ACW a quarter of the way round. 1L,2M and 2L,1M turn LH. 1L,2L turn a further 3/4 RH while 1M,2M dance on ACW a further quarter of the way round. 1L,2M and 2L,1M turn RH to finish with 1C in 2nd place on the wrong side
25-32 2C set to 1C on the sidelines. 2C,1C set to partner. 1C lead up, cross RH and cast off round 2C
1- 8 1C cast one place and dance half a figure of 8 up round 2C. 1C turn 3/4 LH to face 1st corners
9-16 1C turn 1st corners RH, pass RS to turn 2nd corners LH and pass LS to face 1st corners
17-24 1C dance half a diagonal reel of 4 with their 1st corners and half a diagonal reel of 4 with their 2nd corners, finishing facing their 1st corner persons
25-32 1C set to their 1st corner persons and pulling RS back dance round to face their 2nd corner persons. 1C set to their 2nd corner persons and dance round to finish in 2nd place on the wrong sides facing out
33-40 1C dance out, round to the right and in the ends to meet while 3C,2C dance half rights and lefts. 2C,1C,3C turn RH to finish on own sides
Two chords - 3C and 4C cross to the wrong sides on the second chord
1- 8 1C,2C and 3C,4C join nearer hands and set, dance a RH wheel and then 1C cast one place as 2C lead up to 1st place while 3C lead down to 4th place as 4C cast up
9-12 1C cross RH and cast to the top and join in promenade hold, facing down, while 4C cross RH and cast to the bottom and join in promenade hold facing up
13-16 1C,4C dance round each other (ladies passing RS) - 1C end on the men's side facing up while 4C end on the ladies' side facing down
17-24 2M,1C,3M and 2L,4C,3L dance reels of 3 on the sides - 4C finish above 1C, facing them in the middle
25-28 4C,1C dance a RH wheel - 4C finish above 1C in the middle, 4C facing up and 1C facing down
29-32 4C lead to the top, cross and cast to 2nd placewhile 1C lead down, cross and cast up to 3rd place
For other dance formations, check out these links:
- Scottish Country Dances - Jigs
- Scottish Country Dances - Reels
- Scottish Country Dances - Medleys
- Scottish Country Dances - Strathspeys