Rush Hour Reel

3x48 reel for 3 couples in a 3-couple longwise set
1-4 1M, followed by 2M and 3M, CHASE clockwise halfway around the set while 1W, followed by 2W and 3W, CHASE counterclockwise halfway around the set. All pass the oncoming dancers by the right shoulder (women to the inside, men to the outside) as they cross the top of the set.
5-8 All SET twice taking hands on the sidelines.
9-12 REPEAT bars 1-4, continuing to chase in the same direction. All pass the oncoming dancers by the right shoulder (women to the inside, men to the outside) as they cross the bottom of the set.
13-16 All dance BACK-TO-BACK with partner.
17-32 All dance MIRROR REELS OF 3 on opposite sides and own sides, i.e. crossover reels, with all couples crossing over to the other side of the set after dancing through 1st place (as in "Last of the Lairds," RSCDS Book 22).
33-40 1C LEAD DOWN for 3 bars, TURN RH for 2 bars, and LEAD UP for 3 bars.
41-48 All dance a 3-COUPLE POUSSETTE.
Suggested Music: "The Rush Hour Reel," by Sherry Wohlers Ladig or "Bus Stop Reel" by Anita Anderson. "The Rush Hour Reel" is published with the dance in New Friends.

Devised by Eric Dam in 1998 to the drive home after work: There is the initial stop and go traffic, the merging on to the freeway, the chaos of lane switching, finally a stretch of empty space to accelerate in, followed by the realization that you forgot to stop at the store, and then the fun of trying to park at the mall. Published by the RSCDS Twin Cities Branch in New Friends.

If you enjoyed this dance, please consider purchasing a copy of New Friends, 15 dances (8 with original music by Sherry Wohlers Ladig) published by the RSCDS Twin Cities Branch in honor of its silver anniversary in 2000. Copies are available from the branch secretary, Judith Palmateer (palmatj@aol.com) or TACBooks (e-mail: tacbooks@sympatico.ca).


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