Britain's Success is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed., London. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman (website) in 2009 and published in Serendipity. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: G Minor.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.The first Man and second Woman go the Figure of Eight Then the second Man and first Woman do the same Then the first Couple cast off and turn Hands; the first Couple lead down and the second Couple lead up, and back again The first Couple lead thro' the third Couple, and cast up into the second Couple's Place, then Sett to your Partner, and turn single
Originally a triple minor.
Fried credits this dance to Walsh (1719), but it is one of many he stole from John Young (Playford).
The animation plays at 120 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. 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), set, turn single, cast, lead, figure eight, cast and lead, lead and cast (and probably others).
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