The “Hans”ome Dancer
by Sue McKinnell 4x32 Reel for 4C
Square dance
1-8 All men dance RH across and LH across, ending with 1M facing 1W with 2M right behind him and 3M facing 3W with 4M right behind him.
9-12 Dancing as one, 1M & 2M, 3M & 4M dance ½ reel of 4 with 1W & 3W. As 1M & 2M, 3M & 4M dance around the ends of the reel, they change places to end 2M facing 4W with 1M right behind him, 4M facing 2W with 3M right behind him. Dancing men pass right shoulders in the center of the square (not interleaved).
13-24 Repeat bars 9-12 three times, all men ending back in original places. As 1M & 2M complete the fourth ½ reel, 2M allows 1M to cross in front of him. 3M & 4M dance similarly.
25-32 All turn partner RH into promenade hold with the women on the inside. All promenade CW ¾ of the way around the circle. End in order 2, 3, 4, 1.
Repeat 4 times. On the 3rd and 4th times through the dance, women dance the lead, rather than men.
Suggested music is Alloway Kirk Rant from The Macadians Play Burns Night in the Annapolis Valley.
This dance was written in honor of Bryan Luce’s dearly beloved dachshund Hans, who left us at the age of 16 in December 2003. The men start out active in this dance, to reflect a man and his male dog playing happily together.