Grant's Reel ~ RSCDS

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

Grant's Reel ~ RSCDS is an English Country Dance. It was devised by David Rutherford in 1756 and published in Rutherford's compleat Collection of 200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New, Vol. 1. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1947 and published in RSCDS Book 14. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Easy.

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 instructions as printed by Rutherford do not work, they end with the 1s improper.

To avoid this I have changed the cast off at the end of B1 to a cross and cast.

The threes are idle. And the "cross 2 couple, lead to top" seems too much to fit in four bars. 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 is 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, lead, hey, rights and lefts (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1947 by RSCDS. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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