Virginia reel


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Virginia reel

n.
An American country-dance in which couples perform various steps together to the instructions of a caller.
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Virginia reel

n
1. (Dancing) an American country dance
2. (Music, other) music written for or in the manner of this dance
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Virgin′ia reel′


n.
an American country dance in which the partners start by facing each other in two lines.
[1810–20, Amer.]
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Noun1.Virginia reel - an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines
longways, longways dance - country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
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The Virginia reel, as performed on board the Quaker City, had more genuine reel about it than any reel I ever saw before, and was as full of interest to the spectator as it was full of desperate chances and hairbreadth escapes to the participant.
A minute later she was whirled away in his arms to the dancing-floor, where, along with the other three women and their partners, a rollicking Virginia reel was soon in progress.
The musicians hurried to their instruments, the dancers-some already half-muffled for departure-fell into line down each side of the room, the older spectators slipped back to their chairs, and the lively young man, after diving about here and there in the throng, drew forth a girl who had already wound a cherry-coloured "fascinator" about her head, and, leading her up to the end of the floor, whirled her down its length to the bounding tune of a Virginia reel.
In front of the governor's house they were gathered thickest, bawling sea-songs, circulating square faces, and dancing uproarious Virginia reels and old-country dances.
A group of Americans who had made their way to Glenfinnan to join in with the games were delighted to learn the Boston Two Step, The Gay Gordons, the Military Two Step and the Virginia Reel - taught by some very enthusiastic locals.
Social dance includes a variety of different traditional Scottish dances including the Dashing White Sergeant, the Military Two-Step, Strip The Willow, Virginia Reel, Flying Scotsman and many other traditional dances.
Eagle's Flight, Rough Riders, Roundhouse, Virginia Reel, Scarecrow Scrambler, Lewis & Clark Trail, Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, and Thunder Bumpers on Chesapeake Bay were all targeted toward families, while Dancer's Thunder Bumpers Junior was built for children who weren't quite ready for the larger version of the ride.
The list included: The Virginia Reel, Canadian Barn Dance, Jig to the Music, Circassian Circle, The Waratah Weaver, Charleston Chaser, A Reel for Jeanie and The Flying Scotsman.
Other early attractions included the Social Whirl which later gave way to the Water Chute, which in turn was replaced in 1925 by the Virginia Reel that existed up to 1953.
Other early attractions included the 'Social Whirl' which later gave way to the Water Chute which in turn was replaced in 1925 by the Virginia Reel which existed up to 1953.
The Inuit in the settlement (most are out on the land) come for the square dancing, and the Virginia Reel. I call a Virginia Reel, which I have introduced to the settlement.
Another chapter discusses the origin of the Virginia Reel. There were earlier Virginia reels pre-dating the dance widely known today as the 'Virginian Reel', which Jamison suggests originates from the early nineteenth-century English dance 'Sir Roger de Coverley'.

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