The Bonspiel

32 bar Reel

Original Tunes : The Bonspiel, Tam o’ Shanter (see pages 23-24 of The Bonspiel Collection

Figures for The Bonspiel

1-4 First couple cross over, giving right hands, and cast off one place; second couple move up.

5-12 First couple dance reels of three with third and fourth couples on opposite sides. (Fig. A)

13-16 First and fourth couples, giving right hands, cross and cast up one place; second and third couples move down.

17-24 Fourth couple (who are on opposite sides) dance reels of three with second and first couples. (Fig. B)

25-28 first and fourth couples, giving right hands, cross and cast off one place; second and third couples move up.

29-32 first couple cross over, giving left hands, and cast off two places; third and fourth couples, joining hands on the sides, move up.

NOTE: This dance can wind up in confusion unless every couple learn their parts from each position, and are mindful of their cues.

Bonspiel Collection 1972 - Peter McBryde.