The Quicksilver Reel

40 bar jig for 3 couples in a longwise set

by Tim Harrison (2000)


Bars   Directions
1-8   First man dances a figure of eight on the sides around second and third man, dancing in and down to begin. At the same time, first woman dances a figure of eight on the sides around second and third woman, dancing in and down to begin.
9-16   Third man dances a figure of eight on the sides around second and first man, dancing in and up to begin. At the same time, third woman dances a figure of eight on the sides around second and first woman, dancing in and up to begin.
17-24   Second man dances a figure of eight on the sides around first and third man, dancing out and up to begin. At the same time, second woman dances a figure of eight on the sides around first and third woman, dancing out and up to begin.
25-32   First man dances a reel of three with second and third man, giving right shoulder to second man to begin. At the same time, first woman dances a reel of three with second and third woman, giving left shoulder to second woman to begin.
33-40 First couple cross over, giving right hands, cast off one place, and dance a half figure of eight round the second couple, dancing up between second couple to begin. Second couple steps up on bars 35 & 36.

Recommended tune:   Any good jig.

Note:   This dance was written as a first dance with a reel of three. It is expected that the students are already familiar with a figure of eight.

The dance is named after the place (The Quicksilver Dance Center) at which the Austin Scottish Country Dancers held their classes (1998-2006).