Brimmer and May Reel

By Dan Pearl

SourceLarry Jennings, "Zesty Contras"
Levelmed (assigned by the editor)
A1(8) Neighbors swing (truncated swing)
(8) Right and left through
A2(16) 1's balance and swing
B1(4) Down the hall four in line (1's between the 2's)
(4) 1 California twirl (2's remain facing down)
(8) Neighbors allemande with handy hand twice around (M1 left, W1 right)
B2(4) Return in a column of couples, 1's leading the 2's
(4) 1's cast down to 2nd place, unassisted
while the 2's continue up into 1st place and turn alone (towards each other)
(4) Circle left 1/2
(4) Pass through along the line

Editor's Notes:
Common variant (also in Zesty Contras):
A1) Neighbors swing (16)
A2) Right and left through (8); 1's swing
The timing in B2 can easily get mushy if the caller is unclear about it. Personally I find the dance much more satisfying if the cast into the circle is done with careful timing.
The Brimmer and May School gym was (and perhaps still is) the site of the Country Dance Society square dance. (Information from Zesty Contras).

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 12/24/1996; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen