Lancashire Reel Modernized

Formation: Circle of couples, men’s back to center, facing partner
Music: A reel or other music with clear 8 beat phrasing. There is sheet music for a 32 bar jig called “Lancashire Reel” available on the internet at

Download RTF file: Lancashire Reel Modernized

Intro or
57-64   – – – -; Partners Left shoulder Dosado;
    1-8   – – – -; To the right Right-hand Star;
  9-16   – – – -; Partners Right shoulder Dosado;
17-24   – – – -; To the left Left-hand Star;
25-32   – – – -; Same two Balance double;

33-40   – – – -; – – Swing;
41-48   – – – -; – – Promenade;
49-56   – – – -; (continue Promenade)
57-64   – – – -; Partners left shoulder Dosado;

    1-8   Partners begin with a left shoulder pass for a Left Dosado.
  9-16   Dancers look diagonally to their right and make a Right-hand Star with that dancer. They turn the Star once around and return to face their partner.
17-24   Partners begin with a right shoulder pass for a normal Dosado.
25-32   Dancers look diagonally to their left and make a Left-hand star with that dancer. They turn the Star once around.

33-40   The same two dancers Balance double (join both hands, step on right foot, swing left foot diagonally forward and right, step on left foot, swing right foot diagonally forward and left, repeat).
41-48   Same two dancers Swing, thus obtaining a new partner.
49-64   Those two dancers Promenade counterclockwise (or jazz it up with struts).

Choreography: Traditional Mixer
Source: Printed in Northern Junket in October 1978. It appears to be a Traditional Mixer from Northern England. The modernized version adjusts the handedness for a more familiar and smooth action.

Usage: Beware of left versus right confusion.

This page from (CALLERLAB Dance Resource).

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