AN LASAIR'S REEL

This version of An Lasair's Reel danced by Newcastle Irish Set Dancers'. It has four figures with a Body or Chorus danced between each. The original dance was written by a Portland, Oregon, dance teacher for a local performance group in about 1993.

FORMATION

This is a dance for two couples one facing each other. Gents should be on the left of their Partner.


THE DANCE (Reels: 360 bars)

Figure 1

Lead around Couples line up with lower promenade hold facing anticlockwise (Gents left shoulder to left) - Lead around (1-2-3 1-2-3 ...) and back to place + Finish with Gents in the centre facing Partner

8 bars

Reel of four [1] Reel of 4 - Change places with Partner passing right shoulders + Ladies pass left shoulders while Gents turn + All pass right shoulders with Opposie + Gents pass left shoulders while Ladies turn + Pass right shoulders with Partner + Ladies pass left shoulders while Gents turn + All pass right shoulders with Opposie + Gents pass left shoulders while Ladies turn to finish facing Partner with crossed hands ready for the the Lead around

8 bars

Lead around Couples line up facing anticlockwise (Gents left shoulder to left) - Lead around back to place

8 bars


Body

Circle: left + right Join hands - Circle left and Right (7s + 3s)

8 bars

Gent's knot Couple face Couple - Gents turn right hands once around + Turn left hands with Partner + Turn right hand with Opposite Lady + Finish back in place

8 bars

Ladies' knot Ladies turn left hands once around + Turn right hands with Partner + Turn left hand with Opposite Gent + Finish back in place

8 bars

Stars: right + left All: Right hand star + Left hand star

8 bars

Bridget's cross All dance through the centre to Opposite corner and turn to face across [4 bars] + 7s & 3s to the place on the right (1 place left of original position) [4 bars] + Repeat across and 7s & 3s left to original place

16 bars

Square chain Cross giving right hand to Opposite person + Change places with Partner (left hands) + Cross giving right hands + Change places with Partner (left hands)

8 bars

House Waltz hold with Partner - House around Opposite Couple

8 bars


Figure 2

Swing at home Swing in place

8 bars

Reel of four Reel of 4

8 bars

Swing at home Swing in place

8 bars


Body...

Figure 3

Square Square: Pass through (right shoulders with Opposite) + Change places with Partner (left shoudlers) + Cross passing right shoulders + Change places with Partner (left shoulders)

8 bars

Reel of four Reel of 4

8 bars

Square Pass through + Change places with Partner + Pass through + Change places with Partner

8 bars


Body...

Figure 4

House at home House at home + Finish with Gents in the centre facing Partner

8 bars

Reel of four Reel of 4

8 bars

House at home House at home

8 bars


Body...


Reel of Four

In Reels of fours everyone follows a figure-eight shape back to place. The first time it is started with Gents in the middle facing Partner on the outside.

Start of Reel of 4Ladies Reel of 4

Follow figure 8 around and back to place. There are two tracks one for each Couple.


Change places with your Partner giving right shoulders curving around clockwise. Ladies pass left shoulders in the middle of the set and start turning anti-clockwise moving towards the other end of the figure eight while Gents curve around clockwise on the outside and move back towards the centre.

Pass your Opposite by right shoulders, then Ladies curve around anti-clockwise on the opposite side while Gents pass left shoulders in the middle of the set and start to turn anti-clockwise.

Pass your Partner by right shoulders, then Ladies pass left shoulders in the middle and start turning clockwise while Gents curve around clockwise on the opposite side of the set.

Pass your Opposite by right shoulders, then Ladies curve around finishing on the outside while Gents pass left shoulders in the middle of the set to face their Partner.

Depending on the next part of the dance take crossed hands for Lead around (during Figure 1) or Swing around (during Figure 4), waltz hold when the next action is House around (during Figure 2), or stand next to Partner facing across the set if the next action is Square (during Figure 3).




Page created by: Arthur Kingsland

Updated: 4 July 2015