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Dummer's Five Hand Reel

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Dummer's Five Hand Reel

Source: Traditional, researched by Roy Dommett; published in English Dance & Song, Christmas 1982 Volume 44 Number 3
Formation: Five Dancers in a Circle

A1 Circle Left
#1 Turns Back & Weaves the Ring WHILE the others Single File Circle Left
A2 Make a Cross with #1 in the Middle:
#1 Steps to #2 (chosen randomly) (8)
#1 Steps to #4 (opposite #2) (8)
B1 #1, #2 and #4: Full Hey for Three
B2 Make a Circle; Make a Basket; Spin the Basket
C1 Make a Cross with #1 in the Middle:
#1 Steps to #3 (one of the others) (8)
#1 Steps to #5 (opposite #3) (8)
C2 #1, #3 and #5: Full Hey for Three
D1 Make a Circle; Make a Basket; Spin the Basket

Music:
Brighton Camp or other suitable tunes. The timing given above is approximate.

Notes:
Dummer is near Basingstoke in the South of England.

Have fun making the baskets using the instructions below!

Basket Formation - Version 1: As #1 moves to the right behind #5, #1 raises his right hand so that #5 turns clockwise under it and backs into the joined arms of #2 and #3; #1 keeps moving to the right behind #4 to finish betwen #3 and #4; everyone who has their arms in front, raises them over the adjacent dancers who duck to facilitate this.

Basket Formation - Version 2: Roy's description of this below works well; the only bit missing is: everyone who has their arms in front, raises them over the adjacent dancers who duck to facilitate this.

For another way to make an Inside Basket see F-Lock.

See also The Five-Hand Reel

Original page from English Dance & Song, Christmas 1982

Dummer's Five Hand Reel
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