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The Five-Hand Reel

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The Five-Hand Reel

Source: Thomas Hardy, interpreted by Julian Pilling and the Diddle Daddle Dancers; published in English Dance & Song, August 1965, Volume XXVII No. 4
Formation: Five Dancers in a Cross

Slow Measure Stepping, during which (except for the first time): Middle changes places with the first person they faced in the Heys
Quick Measure Hey for three: Middle turns 1/4 left (except for the first hey of the dance) and starts right shoulder
Hey for three: Middle turns 1/4 left and starts right shoulder

Music:
Reels & Hornpipes to fit whatever the dancers are doing.

Notes:
The musician keeps playing until all the dancers have dropped out from exhaustion!

Here is Thomas Hardy's description from 1893.

Original page from English Dance & Song, August 1965

The Five-Hand Reel
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