Arundel Street

Arundel Street is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed., London. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 2020 and published in Colin Hume's Website. Originally a Triple Minor this version is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: G Major. Someone thought this dance was Easy / Intermediate.

Originally a triple minor.

Playford writes:

The 1. man being improper, go back to back with the 2. man; the 1. wo. bing improper, go back to back with the 2. wo. The 1. co. go back to back side with the 2. men, the 1 man go back to back sides with the 2. wo. then 1. cu. go back to back with their Partners The 1. cu. cross over below the 2. cu. and go the Figure through till they come into the 2. cu. place, then go the Figure through the 3. cu. till they come into the 2. cu. place, then the Figure through the upper cu. and cast off

Cleverly, couples out at top and bottom do not need to cross over. They merely wait for the half figure eight with next neighbors, do it, and they are crossed.

The tune was published with the dance, and the music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software.

The animation plays at 113 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 (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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: cast, lead, figure eight, double figure eight, cross go below, back to 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 © 2020 by Colin Hume. 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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