Fairy Reel

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Category: Irish, Ceili/Ceilidh

This is a six-hand dance for two gents and four ladies.  Form up with two lines facing each other with a gent in the middle and two ladies on the outside of each line.  This can be danced as a progressive long dance or danced one time through with only six people.
Tag: Ar Rince Foirne

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Reel, 96 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Advance and retire twice Each line takes hands and advances with promenade step toward the other line (2b) and retires back to place (2b).  Repeat and on the second retire everyone takes hands to form a circle
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2Ring right All sevens to the right finishing with two short threes.  Sevens to the left and break back into two lines while dancing two short threes.8
3Advance and retire twice Each line takes hands and advances with promenade step toward the other line (2b) and retires back to place (2b).  Repeat and on the second retire everyone takes hands to form a circle8
4Ring left All sevens to the left finishing with two short threes.  Sevens to the right and while dancing two short threes the gent should turn to face the partner on his right while the lady on the right turns left to face the gent.8
5Slip sides Partners facing each other take right hands and sevens to the gents left, finishing with two short threes.  They now sevens to the gents right and during the threes release hands and the gent turns to face the other lady.
This movement is repeated starting with sevens to the gents right.
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6Gents link arms Gents promenade toward each other, link right arms and dance clockwise for 4b.  Switch arms and dance back, end facing their right-hand partner.8
7Turn the ladies Gents take right hands with his right partner and dance around her clockwise with promenade step.  Give left hands to the lady on the left and promenade around her counter-clockwise.  Give right hands to the lady on the right and dance around her clockwise one more time.  End back in the center with both lines facing each other.8
8Diamonds and Squares The ladies dance a square all the way around the set using sevens and threes.  Start by changing places with the other lady in the line (lady going to the right goes behind) with sevens and dance two short threes.  On the second three the lady turns 90 degrees to face the position they just left.  Ladies going right turn to the left, ladies going left turn to the right.  The ladies continue dancing sevens and threes, moving all around the set until they are back home.
While the ladies are dancing the square, the gents also sevens and threes except they dance a diamond with the points at the middle position between the ladies.  While continuing to face 'forward' the gents sevens to the right while moving slightly forward so they end between the ladies and face to face with the lady from the right-hand end of the opposite line.  Dance two short threes turning counter-clockwise to form a new line.  Gents continue dancing sevens and threes this way until they reach their home position.
Each line takes hands while dancing the last two threes.
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9Arches Gents raise right hands and guide the left-hand lady underneath the arch and follow her under while the right-hand lady dances around on the outside.  Continue with the gent raising his left hand and guiding the right-hand lady under while the left-hand lady dances around on the outside.  Guide the left-hand lady under one more time while the right-hand lady dances in place.
Everyone (including the gent) should be dancing promenade step throughout.
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10Advance, retire and pass through While holding hands, each line advances and retires, drops hands and advances through the opposite line.
If dancing as a progressive dance join up with the next line and repeat the dance.
If dancing as a set piece turn on the last two threes and bow.
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Added on 2011-11-28 19:35:22.
Modified on 2017-09-12 09:50:44.
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