Reel, Six Hand

Dance for six (or in the Lake District apparently sometimes12), recorded from oral tradition in many parts of England, Scotland and Wales.

In the Lake District it featured in the repertoire of several dancing masters and was danced in shoes.

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
Tommy Cannon of Underbarrow and Crosthwaite
Oliver Cowper of Workington
Roland Cowper of Whitehaven
Mr Garnett operating in Whicham, 1825
Joseph William Robinson (“Old Jos”)

Notations for the dance were collected from Lucy Short (with Clara Boyle), Mr and Mrs John Whittle, Fred Coward.and Roland Cowper

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with Lucy Short on 3 January 1960 (interviewed with Clara Boyle Mr and Mrs John Whittle on 4 January 1960,  Mrs W. Storey on 6 January 1960, Mr & Mrs Coward on  19/9/1962 and Roland Cowper on  6 January 1960 from correspondence between Miss L.A.  Maddern and Tom Flett and an interview, August 1962.




Airey, Mrs George

Beresford, Peter


Gibson, Elizabeth

Keith, Gertrude

Thwaite, Mr & Mrs

Turnbull, George

Wannop, Mr & Mrs