THE RUG BEATER
32-bar Reel for 3 couples in a 4-couple longwise set
1-8 1s dance down the middle for 4 and up for 4, ending at the top in the middle of the set, facing up. (2s step up on bars 3-4 and face down)
9-10 1st man turns 2nd man (LH) ¾ way round to end in second place
1st woman turns 2nd woman (RH) ¾ way round to end in second place.
11-12 1st man turns 3rd man (RH)
1st woman turns 3rd woman (LH), 1s finish in 2nd place own sides.
13-16 2s, 1s and 3s advance for 2 and retire for 2.
17-24 All three couples set, cross (RH). All three couples chase ½ way round, clockwise
25-32 All three couples set, cross (LH). All three couples chase ½ way round anti-clockwise.
Repeat having passed a couple.
Music: Suitable Music: Scottish in Salem #3 (Reel Set - Caberfei)
Note: The link between the name and the actual dance, the pattern that is described on the floor when the first 12 bars are danced, is the shape of the old-fashioned wood-and-reed (or some other flexible woody material) rug beaters, with its long handle and lobed head. The rest is the swaying of the rug on the line, the beating of the rug, and the ensuing swirling dust
Devised by Sue Kashanski ( skashanski [at] ns.sympatico.ca), Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada