THE KOELBLS' REEL
32-bar reel for 3 couples in a 4-couple set
1-4 1st couple, with nearer hands joined, dance down between 2nd and 3rd couples and cast up round 3rd couple.
5-8 1st couple cross up giving left hands and cast off into 2nd place. 2nd couple step up on bars 7-8.
9-12 1st couple going diagonally to their right (i.e. man up, lady down) dance half diagonal rights and lefts. 1st couple finish facing the person they have just changed with on the sidelines.
13-16 Half reels of three on the sidelines. 1st couple pass the person they are facing left shoulders to begin the reel. 2nd and 3rd couples finish by dancing the loop on the end of the reel.
17-20 1st couple going diagonally right again (i.e. lady up, man down) repeat bars 9-12. 1st couple again finish facing the person they have just changed with on the sidelines.
21-24 Half reels of three on the sidelines. 1st couple pass the person they are facing left shoulders to begin the reel. 2nd and 3rd couples finish by dancing the loop on the end of the reel to finish facing up and down the dance.
25-32 1st couple cross over giving right hands, chase clockwise round the set a quarter (to finish facing up and down), change up and down the set giving right hands and chase clockwise a quarter round the set, to finish in 2nd place.
At the same time, 2nd man with 3rd man, 2nd woman with 3rd woman change right hands on the sidelines, chase a quarter round the set, cross over with the same person they changed with (2M with 3M and 2W wih 3W) and chase clockwise a quarter round the set to finish with 2nd couple in 1st place and 3rd couple in original places.
Repeat, having passed a couple.
Devised by Duncan Brown (duncanqlnbrown [at] tiscali.co.uk) for Dirk and Kay Kölbl shortly after their wedding 2010.
Recommended Tune: The Blackberry Bush (Trad, 3rd & 4th parts D MacLeod)
UPDATE: Instructions for 2nd and 3rd couples on bars 25-32 have been corrected as of 17 February.