Reel, Eight Hand

Dance for eight recorded from oral tradition in many parts of England and Scotland.

In the southern Lake District it featured in the repertoire of several dancing masters and was danced in shoes.  The dance was perhaps used both as a performance piece for pupils to show off their expertise following  a series of classes but also frequently as a social dance.

The format of the dance in this case is not a true reel where phases of stepping alternating with phases of running  a figure, but rather a country dance.

The dance was taught by:

Dizzy Bryden of Workington
Oliver Cowper of Workington
Mr Garnett, operating in Whicham in 1825.
Joseph William Robinson (“Old Jos”)
Stainton Robinson of Windermere

Notations for the dance were collected from Lucy Short (with Clara Boyle), Fred Coward and Cissie Wilson.

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with Lucy Short on 3 January 1960 (interviewed with Clara Boyle.), Dorothy Chaplow (undated),  Mr and Mrs John Whittle on 4 January 1960,with Mr & Mrs Coward on  19/9/1962, with Roland Cowper on  6/1/1960 from correspondence between Miss L.A.  Maddern and Tom Flett and an interview, August 1962, Mr and Mrs Satterthwaite dated 26 & 29/8/1962 (plus original notes of same date) and Cissie Wilson on  7/1/1960


Airey, Mrs George

Akrigg, Mr & Mrs Jack

Batty, Mrs Arthur

Baynes, Mr & Mrs William

Beresford, Peter

Birbeck, Mrs

Brindle, Septimus

Chapman, Brian

Cowper, Roland

Gibson, Elizabeth

Hilton, Miss (Keswick)

Holgate, Tom J.

Keith, Gertrude

Middleton, Dick

Ridding, Mrs S.E.

Robinson, Norman

Satterthwaite, Mr & Mrs T

Miss Lucy Short, White Platts, Ambleside, England, 3 January 1960

Smith, Mrs & Mrs Walter

Storey, Mrs W., Stavely, Westmorland, England, 6 January 1960

Thwaite, Mr & Mrs

Tully, Mr & Mrs William

Whittle, Mr and Mrs John, Workington, Cumberland, England, 4 January 1960

Wood, Mr & Mrs Fred