A Trip to Canterbury

A Trip to Canterbury is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Lavenu in 1798. It was interpreted by A. Simons in about 1990 and published in Kentish Hops. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

I do not have a copy of the original, but I rather suspect that Simons has this wrong. In the 19th century the phrase "1s lead down the middle and up" was used to indicate progression with the 1s ending in 2nd place and the 2s in 1st (See Wilson's Analysis of Country Dancing pages 10&11). So I suspect the 1s should end up in 2nd place in B1, and that there should be 4 changes, not 3 in B2.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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: circle, lead, rights and lefts (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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~1990 by A. Simons. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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