Schiehallion Reels

Marjorie McLaughlin

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Steve,

The schiehallion reel in tandem is explained in Barry Skelton's Dolphin
Book (available from TACBooks - xx938@xxxxxxx.xxxxxxxx.xx) and the
description is enhanced by diagrams. The reels begin with women facing
out, men facing in and the description provided is:

"The ladies follow the men through the middle to the next place around
to the right. All dance out through the lady's position and all turn by
the right ready to dance in through the man's position. The men follow
the ladies through the middle to the next place around to the right and
all dance out through the lady's position and all turn by the right
ready to dance in through the man's position." This continues for 8
bars, and for the next 8 bars with a slight change on bars 23-24 to get
the dancers into position for the last 8 bars of the dance.

If you are already familiar with "dolphin reels" or "tandem reels" then
the idea is the same with the Schiehallion Reels. The couples are
dancing closely together and changing who is leading as they turn
through the end points of the reel.

I hope this helps, but I do encourage you to get a copy of the book.
While Pelorus Jack has become the most popular of the 11 dances in the
book, there are several others that are great fun, and some easier 24
bar dances which introduce the tandem reel figure.

Marjorie McLaughlin
San Diego

Steve Wyrick wrote:
>
> Marjorie McLaughlin wrote:
>
> > A dance with a variation on the theme is "An Ocean Frolic" a 4x32 reel
> > in Barry Skelton's Dolphin Book - Schiehallion reels in tandem. It's
> > actually quite easy to dance and his description is correct - "A lot of
> > fun. It looks as if everyone is going in all directions at once."
>
> I'm familiar with Schiehallion reels since my group performed "The Dancing
> Master" for a demo a couple of years ago, but can't visualize SRs "in
> tandem." Can you explain how this works?
> --
> Steve Wyrick <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.xxx> -- Concord, CA

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