Rustic Reel

Rustic Reel is an American Country Dance. It was published by Thomas Hillgrove in 1857 in The Scholar's Companion and Ball-Room Vade-Mecum. It is a Three Face Three dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Also found in The Ball-Room Instructer (sic), published in New York, 1841.

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.

1-8Centers move right, take hands with opposite and chassez out and back
9-16Centers move left, take hands with opposite and chassez out and back
17-20Lines of three forward and back
21-24Pass through and on to the next

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