Four-Hand Reel

Category: Irish Ceili/Ceilidh
Description:

Set piece with two couples, each couple facing the other.  Leading (top) couple has their back to the band.
Tag: Ar Rince Foirne

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Full dance (Reel)

264 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Lead Around Make a half-turn to the right, take inside hands and lead around counter-clockwise back to place.  Release hands, turn toward each other to face clockwise.  Take inside hands and lead back to home position.
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2 The Square Gentlemen sevens to the right (behind), ladies to the left and finish with two short threes, turning in place on the second three.  Gents turn to the left, ladies to the right.  Continue with sevens and threes all the way around the set until everyone is back home. 16
3 Four Sevens Gents sidestep behind his partner while the lady sidesteps left for seven.  Repeat 3 more times alternating the direction each time.  There are no threes. 16
4 Hands Across Everyone give right hands in the center, promeade around for 4b, reverse and give left hands in the center, promenade back home. 8
5 Down the center Leading couple face each other, take right hands and sidestep down the center while the opposite couple sidesteps up the outside.  Leading couple takes a half-turn then sidesteps back up on the outside while the opposite couple take a half-turn, take right hands and sidestep back down on the inside.  Both couples half-turn back to their original position. 8
6 Right and Left Chain Give right hands to the opposite person. Chain around the set alternating hands until everyone is back in their original position. 8
7 Figure of Eight and Ring of Three First top couple take inside hands and promenade to the opposite couple (2b).  Gent retires back to place while the lady dances between the opposite couple, around the lady, through the couple and around the gent.  The two ladies now advance to the leading gent where they form a ring of three.  Everyone now sidesteps to the right (including the opposite gent), dances two short threes and sidesteps to the left and dances two short threes.  On the second three the opposite lady is passes out to the leading ladies original position and the opposite gent advances to join the ring.  Everyone sidesteps left, two short threes and sidesteps right and two short threes where the opposite gents passes under to the leading gents original position. (16b)
Both couples now swing halfway around, counter-clockwise back to their original places (8b)
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8 Figure of Eight and Ring of Three Repeat with opposite couple leading 24
9 Repeat 2 to 6 Repeat the body 56
10 Ladies Chain Ladies advance and give right hands in the center, left hands to the opposite gent.  Dance around him and return to their own parter (don't give hands in the center again), dance around him with right hands.  Both couples take both hands and dance around each other, counter-clockwise, and back home. 16
11 Repeat 2 to 6 Repeat the body 56
12 Lead Around Make a half-turn to the right, take inside hands and lead around counter-clockwise back to place.  Release hands, turn toward each other to face clockwise.  Take inside hands and lead back to home position. 16
Added on 2011-11-19 11:16:57.
Modified on 2014-06-08 13:06:59.
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