Anniversary Reel

Source: Jean & Ted Sannella; published in English Dance & Song, Winter 1966, Volum XXVIII No. 5
Formation: Longways; Duple Minor; First Couples Improper

A1 Neighbour Allemande Right (4); #1s Allemande Left (4)
Neighbour Dosido
A2 #1s Balance & Swing - finish Facing Down
B1 #1s Lead Down (4), with Next Neighbour: Handy Hand Allemande (#1s down the middle) (4)
Back to current Neighbour: Neighbour Swing
B2 Circle Left; Star Left

A1 Neighbour Allemande Right 1 & 1/2 (moves the #2s up)
#1 Lady, with #1 Man chasing, goes around #2 Man to finish above the #2s, then she turns around for the Balance & Swing

32 bar reels.

The dance is incorrectly described as Proper; the description at the end of B1 makes it clear that it is in fact First Couples Improper. A correction was printed in the next issue - see below.

This dance was also published in Zesty Contras (1983) where the Handy Hand Allemande is specified. The dance as described above tends to drift down the hall as the #2s never move up. The alternative A1 above is given in Zesty Contras to fix this.

This dance was also published in Ted Sannella's book "Balance and Swing" in which Ted suggests that during the B1 dancers "should move up a bit while swinging to keep the set from drifting downward".

Thanks to Jim Saxe for the corrections and clarifications.

Original page from English Dance & Song, Winter 1966

Anniversary Reel

Original page from English Dance & Song, Spring 1967

Anniversary Reel

Back to Dance Index

I'd love to hear from you if you know anything more about this dance, its composer, its style, or its history.

Feedback is very welcome on any aspect of these dances or Web pages.

Please contact John Sweeney with your comments.