Lady Washington's Reel

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LADY WASHINGTON'S REEL. American, Reel. "Lady Washington's Reel" is a dance first appearing at the end of the 18th century. It was retained in dance repertoire and was a staple New England contra dance of the 19th century. Dance instructions were published in J. Trumbull's Gentleman's and Lady's Companion; Containing, the Newest Cotillions and Country Dances, to Which is Added, Instances of Ill Manners; to be carefully avoided by Youth of both sexes (1798) and Nathan Allen's Select Country Dances (New Hampshire, 1799). Trumbull suggests using "York Fusiliers" as the vehicle for the dance. Ralph Page notes that in Vermont in the early 20th century the dance "Lady Washington's Reel" was the same figure as "Lady Walpole Reel (1)" (see Lady Walpole Reel (1)).

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Recorded sources: Okeh Records 45073 (78 RPM), Plymouth Vermont Orchestra.




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