Xerxes Reel

By Carl Magagnosc
Composed July 15, 1987

Source"southern California Twirls", ed. by James Hutson and Jeff Spero
Levelmed (assigned by the editor)
A1(16) Neighbors balance and swing
A2(16) Ladies chain over and back; on the final courtesy turn, roll away with a half sashay (ladies end on neighbor's left)
B1(8) Long lines go forward and back
(8) Gents chain across: pull by right to start; end on partner's left
B2(6) Circle left 3/4
(10) 1's swing

Author's Notes:
I wrote the dance for a pre-dance workshop I taught on twirling. The gents' chain is the point of the dance, so that men can experience the chain from what is usually the women's perspective. The original dance is as follows:
(duple improper)
A1: neighbors balance & swing
A2: ladies chain over and back
B1: roll away w/ half sashay, all balance in long lines; gents chain
B2: circle L 3/4; ones swing, end facing a new neighbor
Because the dancers here tend to finish the ladies chain early, and because long lines forward and back works so well for me in stabilizing a dance before an unusual or complicated figure, I modified it as shown.
The dance is named for Jim Borzym (ask him about his middle name), who was the caller in Santa Barbara in the early 80's. Also, I wanted a dance title that began with 'X' because the edition of the "Country Dance Index" that I have has no such title.

Editor's Notes:
Collected from Laura Mé Smith in December, 1991

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 7/20/1997; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen