On the night of the 5th of April one of the most highly-anticipated events of the Scottish calendar came back with a bang: reeling ball. Following on from the Reeling Society’s White Tie Ball last November, a smaller, more intimate affair took place last night in the sumptuous surroundings of the Scores Hotel ballroom.
Around one hundred guests arrived at 8:30 pm to a champagne reception and the issuing of the all-important dance cards from Hazza G. Those familiar with such balls will know all too well the manic flurry of kilts and gowns which ensues as reelers dash about, eager to fill them up. The band began by 9:15 with an impressive opening Dashing White Sergeant, and it soon became apparent that they were anything but tame! A brilliant pianist lead the way with fiddles and (bagpipes) ensuring an exhilarating yet exhausting dance sequence from start to finish. The nine reels were varied from the mad corner spins of the Duke of Perth to the stately, rather complex Mairi’s Wedding. Rock and rolls punctuated the reels in between handily allowing for much needed drinks from a bar upstairs and to be able to catch one’s breath.
By midnight after eight or so reels it was evident that energy levels were beginning to wane. However everyone soon came together for a thumping and lengthy Reel of the 51st Division, (a particular favourite of mine involving a rather inspired spin-catapult-spin sequence of the girl between two men) ending the dancing on a real adrenaline rush. It’s safe to say that the bacon rolls provided afterward at 1am were devoured with ease!
All-in-all a fantastically well-organised event. I caught up with the organisers for this year afterwards and they could say nothing but how happy they were about how it went. The reeling was of an exceptional standard from a great group of people and the band really nailed it, keeping us all on great form throughout. Hopefully now the girls can stop feeling quite so dizzy from all that spinning! Roll on November!
Image courtesy of Peter James Taylor