Anna Maria

Anna Maria is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 10th ed.. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman in 1995. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. cu. take hands and lead through the 2. cu. and cast up into their own places · The 2. cu. lead up through the 1. and cast off into their own places :
All four hands half round, then cross over with your own Partners · The 1. cu. being in the 2. cu. place go the Figure through till the 1. cu. comes into the 2. cu. place :

Originally a triple minor in which the 3s did nothing.

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 100 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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, cast, lead, figure eight, double figure eight (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 © 1995 by Fried de Metz Herman. 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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