Althea is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1657 in The Dancing Master, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1912. It is a Facing Couples Becket dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 112 bars.
Sharp has the men set, but not the women. Playford just says "set", so I think it is perfectly reasonable to have everyone setting. The description of setting (the hopping and jumping with crossed legs) is taken almost directly from Playford.
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.
The dance contains the following figures: USA, hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast (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.
The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. 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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