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Fancy a go at Scottish Reeling? Whether you know the Eightsome Reel like the back of your hand or don’t have a clue what that means, come along to our regular practices! Drinks and nibbles will be provided!

We meet on Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm💃

Membership: £12

Subs: £4

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Reeling FAQ

-What is reeling?

A reel is a traditional Scottish group dance. It can be similar to a ceilidh, country or folk dancing. 

-Do I need to have reeled before?

No, everyone is welcome no matter your ability. At all our practises we have a caller who teaches the basic steps, then we walk through each dance in slow time and slowly build up to a full speed dance to music, during which the steps will still be called out. If you’re still worried you can partner with a more experienced reeler who can guide you in the right direction during the dance. And no matter the ability everyone makes mistakes and has a laugh. 

-What should I wear?

Whatever you feel comfortable in. It can get warm as you’re dancing so layers are a good idea. The only thing we advise is you wear comfortable flat shoes, there is a lot of moving around, spinning and turning; no one wants a twisted ankle or to be stood on by bulky or heeled shoes.

-How do the practise sessions run?

We will start by teaching the basic moves for reeling i.e. how to ‘set’ and ‘turn’. We will then learn a dance through demonstration and practise before dancing it in full to music. After each dance we will pause for drinks (water, wine or both)/ snacks (provided), and socialise with each other before moving onto the next dance.

-Do I need to come with a partner?

No. The more the merrier and we love sharing the joys of reeling with everyone but if you don’t have anyone to come with don’t worry! Formal reeling etiquette says you shouldn’t dance for more than one dance with the same partner, that isn’t a strict rule but it’s always good to dance with different people to learn different techniques as everyone will dance the same moves slightly differently. Anyone can ask anyone to be their partner for a dance but if you’re shy we will always make sure to include everyone who wants to dance in a group.

-How much does it cost?

Annual membership is £12. This covers teaching, food and drinks at our weekly practise sessions. If you want to come as a one off, or want to bring a friend for one week we charge £4 subs per session. Members do not have to pay subs. Ball tickets and social night prices will vary depending on what we’re doing and how much venues and bands charge, you will be told about these as and when they arise.

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