Julie's Reel

By Penn Fix
Composed 1983

SourcePenn Fix "Contradancing in the Northwest"
Levelmed (assigned by the editor)
A1(4) Neighbors take inside hands (gents right, ladies left) and balance
(4) Star through
(8) Ladies chain
A2(4) Pass through across and cross trail along the side
(12) Pass the first person by the right, allemande the next and return passing the first by the right shoulder (both of these people are the same every time)
B1(16) Partners swing
B2(8) Right and left through
(8) Ladies dosido 1 1/2

Author's Notes:
Background: The beginning part of this dance came from "Margaret's Fancy" by Roger Whynot. While in the middle of my love affair with heys, I explored here the feeling of a hey along the line rather than across. I dragged Julie Searles to a dance where she fell in love with contras; she changed plans and attended the Port Townsend International Folk Dance and Music Festival; later, she moved to western Massachusettes to dance. I first called "Julie's Reel" late at night at the Port Townsend week she attended. The traditional tune "Judy's Reel" (in the book) fits well with the dance.

Editor's Notes:
Dancers who are out should join the "hey" in A2. Variation: left-shoulder gypsy instead of allemande left in A2, turning this figure into a genuine hey.

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 1/12/1997; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen