Bayswater Breakdown is a New England Contra Dance. It was devised by Colin Hume (website) in 1980 and published in Dances with a Difference, Vol. 1. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.
The tune was composed by Colin Hume. It was performed by Kafoozalum (Peter Jenkins, Mollie Koenigsberger, and Paul Lennon). The music is used with permission from Colin Hume.
The animation plays at 129 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.
The dance contains the following figures: circle, ladies chain (courtesy turn), long lines forward and back, swing (and probably others).
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The dance is copyright © 1980 by Colin Hume. 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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