> Thanks for all the replies. I notice the Dance Database lists 43 dances > having "reels of eight." The Schiehallion reels for Rangitoto are listed as > "reels of eight." Here comes the leap of faith -- or whatever. Can it be > assumed that ALL dances listing "reels of eight" are actually dances having > "Schiehallion reels?" ... or is that one stretch too many?
Hugh Thurston, the deviser of the dance Schiehallion, calls that reel
"reel of eight" in his description of the dance.
I wrote "Helen and Russell's Farewell to 10 1/2 Dan Court" (in Pinewoods
2) with a reel of eight in strathspey time because Hugh's original
instructions for the dance Schiehallion listed the reel of eight as being
either strathspey or reel time.
Incidently, in his original very limited publication version, he gave
eighteen figures: eight that could be done in either strathspey or reel
time and two that were just reel time. I'll be leading a class at
Pinewoods Week this July in which we will do this figures not commonly
done. They are fun figures whereas the four most people know turn it into
a demonstration dance.
Priscilla Burrage Vermont US