Alamand Swiss

Alamand Swiss ~ Duple Alamand Swiss

Alamand Swiss is an American Country Dance. It was devised by Nancy Shepley in about 1795 and published in Nancy Shepley's Commonplace Book. It was interpreted by Kate van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet in 1976 and published in A Choice Selection of American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Ladrin published a dance with this name in Paris in about 1760. His is for 4 couples, I presume in a square formation.

John Griffiths published a dance which is closer in 1798.

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: hand turn (allemande), circle, cast, lead, rights and lefts, lead and cast, regency allemande, down the middle and back (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1976 by Kate van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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