Auretti's Dutch Skipper

Auretti's Dutch Skipper is an English Country Dance. It was devised by David Rutherford in 1756 and published in Rutherford's compleat Collection of 200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New, Vol. 1. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1960. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: B flat major.

Rutherford writes:

Lead thro' the 2d. Cu. cast up and turn your Partner the 2d. Cu. leads thro' the 1st. Cu. cast off and turn the 1st. Man turns the 2d. wo. then the 1st. wo. turns the 2d. Man foot it all four and Right hand and Left into the 2d. Cu. Place

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

The animation plays at 111 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts (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 © 1960 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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