Barry's Best is a New England Contra Dance. It was devised by Al Brundage in 1952 and published in Contras are Fun. It is a Triple Minor dance with the 1s improper. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
In an improper triple minor people at the ends should switch sides when there is only one couple out (not when there are two at that end).
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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: circle, cast, lead, ladies chain (courtesy turn), swing, down the middle and back (and probably others).
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The dance is copyright © 1952 by Al Brundage. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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