A Trip to Flanders

A Trip to Flanders is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1767 in Thompson's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1767. It was interpreted by Thomas Kurth in 2022. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Thompson writes:

Half right and left the same back again Gallop down one Cu. up again and cast off right and left at Top

Saying right and left at Top makes me think the dance was intended as a triple minor, even though the 3s do nothing.

Kurth points out that Half right and left only takes up 4 bars, not the 8 it is allocated and suggests preceding each by "set twice". Similarly, galloping down 1 couple, etc is not going to take 8 bars, you will gallop a lot further in the time allowed.

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: set, cast, lead, rights and lefts, lead and cast, down the middle and back (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 © 2022 by Thomas Kurth. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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