Bonny Dundee

Bonny Dundee Bonny Dundee

Bonny Dundee is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1688 in A new Additional Sheet to the Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1962 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. cu. take hands and lead down to the 2. man, then fall bac, and all four turn S. then 2 cu. take hands and lead up to the 1. wo. so fall back and turn single.
The 1 man go round about the 1. wo. into his own place, and 2. wo go round about the 1. man into her own place, the 1. co. go round about the 1. man into her own place, and 2. man go round about the 2. wo. into his own place, then all four hands half round, so fall back neat, and clap hands and turn your own.

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: hand turn (allemande), turn single, circle, lead (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1962 by Pat Shaw. 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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