Grant's Reel ~ Williams

Grant's Reel ~ Williams Grant's Reel ~ RSCDS

Grant's Reel ~ Williams is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in 1751 in A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol. 6th, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Rutherford copied Johnson word for word a few years later and his work is online.

Rutherford writes:

The first Man sets to the 2d. Wo. & turn her His Partner does the same with the 2d. Man Cross over 2 Cu. Lead up to the Top foot it & cast off · Back to Back with your Partner Right Hand and Left Quite round with the 2d. Couple ··

The threes are idle. And the "cross 2 couple, lead to top" seems too much to fit in four bars, so I have omitted the "foot it".

The dance cries out to be a duple minor (as is done in the Scottish interpretation).

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.

The dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4M1 set to W2 and two hand turn her
A21-4W1 set to M2 and two hand turn him
B11-21s cross by right, go below 2s
3-41s cross again, but by left, go below 3s
5-8Lead to top and cast down as 2s lead up
B21-41s back to back
5-82s+1s face partner, four changes of rights and lefts

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