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

In the southern Lake District (where it was often known as the Square Eight) 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:

Richard Allan of Langwathby
Dizzy Bryden of Workington
Oliver Cowper of Workington
Mr Garnett, operating in Whicham in 1825
Jack Iveson of Penrith
“Pop” John Mason in Dent
Bobby Miller of Penrith
Joseph William Robinson (“Old Jos”)
Stainton Robinson of Windermere
Billy Urquhart in Bleamoor, Ribblehead

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

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

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