FAIRY REEL

FORMATION

This is an Irish reel for six people. Line up in lines of three facing lines of three. Alternate lines of three form down the dance floor. The first line is tops facing away from the band, then bottom line facing up, then another line of tops, etc. An alternative formation is a large circle with lines of three facing lines of three each line aligned with the centre of the dance floor.


THE DANCE

Lines advance & retire Centre person in each line of three take inner hands with the two people on the outside of the line - Advance and retire (123 123) twice. On the second retire, end people take hands to form a circle

8 bars

Rings - right Circle of six - circle right with 7s & 3s, then back with 7s & 3s

8 bars

Lines advance & retire Repeat advance and retire

8 bars

Rings - left Circle of six - circle left with 7s & 3s, then back with 7s & 3s

8 bars

Slip sides Centre person take right hands with the person on their right and side-step to their left using 7s & 3s across the set while the singles stay on their own side and side-step right using 7s & 3s along the side
Everyone travel back with 7s & 3s

8 bars

Slip sides Repeat with centre person taking right hands with the person on their left and side-step to their right across the set (7s & 3s) while the singles side-step left along the side
Everyone travel back with 7s & 3s

8 bars

Centres link arms
Sides along and back
Centre people link right arms in the middle and dance clockwise (123 123) [4 bars], then link left arms and dance back [4 bars]
Side people side-step past each other using 7s (without 3s) with right person going in front each time

8 bars

Turns Centre person return to right partner and turn clockwise once with right hands, then left hand turn (anticlockwise) with the left hand partner, then right hand turn (clockwise) with partner on the right

8 bars

Diamonds and squares

Centre people turn 45 degrees bringing left shoulder back then side-step right (7s & 3s) diagonally along the first side of a "diamond"
...meanwhile end people side-step on their own side (7s & 3s) with right person in front [4 bars]
Centre people turn 90 degrees for the second side of their diamond and side-step right again into place opposite their starting position
...meanwhile end people turn 90 degrees to side-step across the set with right person in front [4 bars]
Repeat the above to place: Centre people completing the other two sides of their diamonds; the end people travelling along the opposite side [4 bars] then back across the set to home [4 bars]

16 bars

Arches Centre person make an arch with the right partner - left-side partner goes under the arch; then make an arch with the left partner for the right partner to go under; then make an arch on the right for the left partner again (centre person turn under each arch as partners go through)

8 bars

Advance retire & pass through Join hands in lines of three - Advance, retire, advance, Tops (trio with their backs to the music, or those facing anticlockwise) form an arch and Bottom lines drop hands pass under the arch (passing right shoulders)

8 bars

Repeat Repeat the dance with the new line of three
If using lines down the dance floor at the top and bottom of the set a line of three will have to stand out for one turn every alternate repetition, then come in in the other direction. At the top a Bottom line will stand out then reverse and become a Top line, and at the bottom a Top line will stand out then reverse and become a Bottom line.


96 bars


Updated: 13 October 2001