THE EIGHT HAND REEL

Study Notes Copyright William Lynch 2007

CORNER COUPLES

(X = gent O = lady)


1st corner

X

 

O

2nd corner

couple

O

 

X

couple

 
 

X O

 
 

Home place

 
INTRODUCTION
Lead around and back, with crossed hand hold, partners turning towards each other with hands still held to return. 16 bars
BODY
1 Double slip sides: partners sidestep into each other's place (RULE - move L in front of, and R behind, your partner) and dance in place (4 bars) then slip sides each with their corner lady/gent and dance in place (4 bars). 8 bars
2 Turn and chain: gents turn to the lady on their R and half turn her R hand to face anti-clockwise around the set while ladies face clockwise (2 bars). All chain back home (4 bars) and turn partners R hand in place (2 bars). 8 bars
3 Crossover:
Top gents sidestep across to change places (2 bars) and dance in place (2 bars). Side gents do likewise (4 bars). Gents turn their new lady R hand (4 bars) and dance on to turn their 1st corner lady L hand and into position beside her (4 bars).
Top gents again sidestep across the set and dance in place (4 bars) followed by side gents (4 bars). Gents turn their 2nd corner lady L hand and dance on to turn their partners R hand at home (8 bars).
32 bars
4 Return chain: Partners face each other, R hand in R, and chain around to meet R hand in the opposite place and half turn to face back the way they came (8 bars). All chain back to meet their partners at home and half turn in place (8 bars). 16 bars
5 Back to back: keeping R hands held, top couples and their 2nd corner couples dance together to finish with the gents back-to-back and holding their partner's R hand in R and the corner lady's L hand in L, the ladies facing each other, and all dance 2 steps in place (4 bars). All drop R hands and gents turn the corner ladies L hand then, passing each other R to R, turn their partners R hand in place (4 bars). 8 bars
6 House around corners: Taking crossed hand hold, top couples and their 1st corner couples house around each other. 8 bars
First Figure - Advance and Retire
1 Top couples:
Advance and retire twice, with crossed hand hold.
8 bars
House around each other. 8 bars
2 Side couples now dance 1. 16 bars
BODY 80 bars
Second Figure - Ladies Chain
1 Top couples:
Ladies chain: R hands in the centre, L to turn the opposite gent, dance back R to R and turn partners R hand in place.
8 bars
House around each other. 8 bars
2 Side couples now dance 1. 16 bars
BODY 80 bars
FINISH
1 Circle: all take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice. 8 bars
2 Sidestep R: with hands still held, all side step anti-clockwise (2 bars) and dance in place (2 bars), sidestep back and dance in place (4 bars). 8 bars
3 Circle: all advance and retire twice. 8 bars
4 Sidestep L: with hands still held, all side step clockwise (2 bars) and dance in place (2 bars), sidestep back and dance in place (4 bars). 8 bars
5 House around with crossed hand hold. 8 bars
PUBLISHED SOURCE
"Ár Rinncidhe Foirne Thirty Popular Figure Dances Leabhar 1, 2, 3" page

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