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
||Stepping, during which (except for the first time): Middle changes places with the first person they faced in the Heys
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
Reels & Hornpipes to fit whatever the dancers are doing.
The musician keeps playing until all the dancers have dropped out from exhaustion!
Here is Thomas Hardy's description from 1893.
The article below was reprinted in Volume 43 Number 2 in 1981. Then lots more information (reproduced below) was published in Volume 43 Number 3 1981.
Thomas Wilson documented various versions of a Reel of Five starting in 1808.
See also Three-Hand Reel and Four-Hand Reel and Dummer's Five Hand Reel.
Original pages from English Dance & Song, Volume 43 Number 3 1981
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