A Barn Dance Repertoire
by Thomas Green
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Five Hand Reel


Difficulty:  2
Style:  English
5 people standing like the dots on the 5 side of a dice

Reel of 3: The person in the middle faces any other person.  This will form a line of three people including the person behind the "piggy in the middle".
They dance or walk a reel once around to place and one extra change.  This will put a new person into the middle.
Stepping: The person in the middle steps 4 times with the person they are facing; they turn to the person behind and step with them.  The "Piggy" then turns through 90 degrees to face someone along the other diagonal and the dance begins again.

The steps can be the usual rant step but there are many variations which probably have more traditional credibility.

As mentioned by Thomas Hardy in 'The Fiddler of the Reels' - see Pete Cooper's notes.