Otte mands reel, Roskildeegnen

Country: Denmark
Formation: 4 couple quadrille. Head couples (couples 1 and 2) have their backs to or face the music. Side couples (couples 3 and 4) stand to the sides of the square.
Steps: buzz, chassé, run, walk
Music: 358:51, 367, < http://spillefolk.dk/nodesamling/visnode.php?key=tu-ottemandreel>
Note: Must be played as ABBAABBAABB etc.

1-8 1 (a) Dancers start with L sides into the circle, R hand in front holding partner/corner's L hand, and L hand behind the back, holding other corner/partner's R hand. 32 small backwards running steps, beginning with 'inside' (L) foot. Two times round the set to return to place.
 9-10 (b) Couples 1 and 2 dance towards each other with 1 chassé, beginning with R foot, and giving R hand to opposite (9). Step forward L, passing each other, turning a little to the right, and cross R toe in front (croissé), stretching R arms (10).
11-12 Continuing to hold R hands, the two couples dance the same way back to place, beginning with R foot and turning 1/2 turn CW. 1 chassé (11) + 1 walk + 1 croissé (12).
13-16 Couples 1 and 2 repeat (b).
9-16 Couples 3 and 4 repeat (b).
1 (c) 'New chain': with 2-hand hold and bent arms, couples turn 3/4 turn CW, so that all W are in the centre, back to back. 2 walking steps, starting with R foot.
2 W do 2 walking steps CW and out into the men's circle to meet opposite M. M do 2 walking steps CCW outside the women's circle, to meet opposite W.
3 2-hand hold, bent arms, couples turn 3/4 turn CW, so that all W are again in the centre. 2 walking steps.
4 Again W go CW, and M CCW, to opposite place, 2 walking steps.
5-8 Continue as above to place.
    Parts (b) and (c) are the same in all sequences.
1-8 2 (a) Women's circle, back basket hold. 16 buzz steps CW.
1-8 3 (a) Men's circle, back basket hold, 16 buzz steps CW.
1-8 4 (a) Women's circle, back basket hold. 16 buzz steps CW.
1-8 5 (a) Men's circle, back basket hold, 16 buzz steps CW.
1-8 6 (a) Women's circle, back basket hold. 16 buzz steps CW.
1-8 7 (a) Men's circle. Each M holds opposite M's R thumb, and with L hand holds from underneath the elbow of M in front of him. 16 buzz steps CW.
1-8 8 (a) Big circle of all couples. 32 running steps backwards (as in 1 (a)).
1-8   The dance finishes with swinging own partner on the spot, 16 buzz steps CW.
    Can also be done as a large circle with any number of couples. Part (b) is then done with own partner. In part (c) W move out into the circle of M in front of a new M, making it a mixer.

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Danske folkedanse, beskrivelser hefte III. 5th ed. 1983, pp. 19-20
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2011-10-17, rev. 2015-11-09


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