Calais Sally

Careless Sally ~ Calais

Calais Sally Careless Sally Careless Sally ~ Thompson

Calais Sally or Careless Sally ~ Calais is an American Country Dance. It is a traditional dance with no clear origin. It was interpreted by Ralph Page in 1969. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

This is a duple minor variant of Careless Sally which was originally a triple minor dance.

Cracking Chustnuts suggests a more complicated behavior when one couple is out at the top, they suggest that couple swing for 8 bars then do the left hand balance, turn, cast. I think it is easier just to wait and cast, but that's up to you.

This appears to be based on a dance named Careless Sally found in Thompson, 1785, who writes:

Turn your Partner with your right hand and cast off Turn left hands and cast off another Cu: Lead up to the top and cast off Right and Left

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), circle, cast, 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 © 1969 by Ralph Page. 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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