3 Men in a Boat

(To say nothing of the Dog)

Three Men in a Boat

3 Men in a Boat or (To say nothing of the Dog) is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Fried de Metz Herman (website) in 2000 and published in Serendipity. It is a 3 Couple Longways dance with the 2s improper. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

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Three Men in a Boat
— Jerome K. Jerome
London, 1889

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, gypsy, figure eight, hands across (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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