Miss Devon's Reel

Miss Devon's Reel Miss Devon's Reel

Miss Devon's Reel is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by D. Mackenzie in 1795 and published in Campbell's 10th Book of New and Favorite Country Dances & Strathspey Reels, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1959 and published in RSCDS Book 20. It is S8×32 2C/4C, a proper Duple Minor dance. St32.

The RSCDS attributes this dance to William Campbell, and he did publish it, but he attributes it to "D. Mackenzie".

On page 17 of book 10, Campbell writes:

The 1st. & 2d. Cu Reel on the Ladys side the same on the Gents. side the 1st. Cu. lead down the middle up again to the top and Allemande.

The music consists of a four bar strain and an eight bar strain. I assume it is intended to be played AABB.

I think the RSCDS's interpretations of the reels is unlikely, given how crowded that would make the duple minor set.

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: set, lead, hey, allemande round, down the middle and back (and probably others).

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