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
Jack Iveson of Penrith
Bobby Miller of Penrith
Joseph William Robinson (“Old Jos”)
Stainton Robinson of Windermere

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 and with Mr & Mrs Wannop, 8 January 1960 and interview by Tom Flett with Mr & Mrs Wannop8 January 1960

 

Links:

Airey, Mrs George

Akrigg, Mr & Mrs Jack

Batty, Mrs Arthur

Baynes, Mr & Mrs William

Beresford, Peter

Brindle, Septimus

Chapman, Brian

Cookson, Mr & Mrs

Cowper, Roland

Hilton, Miss (Keswick)

Gibson, Elizabeth

Keith, Gertrude

Maddern, Miss L.A

Middleton, Dick

Ridding, Mrs S.E.

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

Turnbull, George

Wannop, Mr & Mrs

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