General Stuart's Reel or The New Way of Gil Don is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Castle Menzies in 1749 in The Register of Dances at Castle Menzies. It was interpreted by RSCDS Book 10 in 1935 and published in RSCDS Book 10. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. R32
Quoted from The Register of Dances at Castle Menzies (as transcribed by Jim Healy):
1st man sets to the 2d woman, & casts off, then the 1st woman does the same, then the 1st man turns the 3d woman by the right hand & goes half round his partner, who was turning the 2d man by the right hand then the 1st man turns the 2d woman by the left hand, while the 1st woman turns the 3d by the left hand; then the 1st pair setts cross, & then to each other, & reels att the side.
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, hey, hello goodbye setting (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1935 by RSCDS Book 10. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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