Cheshire Rounds - Wilson #2

Cheshire Rounds - Wilson #2 is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1809 and published in The Treasures of Terpsichore, 1st edition, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Wilson writes:

Half figure of your own sides and lead up to the top hands across and back again , down the middle, up again, allemande , set three across, and three in you places .

According to Wilson's An Analysis of Country Dancing", 1808 a "half figure of your own sides" is like half a mirror hey, with only the 1s moving. The 1s lead through the 2s, go outside the 3s and meet below them at the bottom of the set.

Sadly Wilson does not describe "down the middle, up again" which is where I think the progression happens.

Wilson's description of "Allemade" sounds very like a gypsy: The Lady at A, and Gentleman at B, bass round each other, the Lady in the circle C, and the Gentleman in the circle D, returning to their situations a A B. Wilson usually mentions which hand to take when hands are taken, so I assume that here no hands are taken as there is not such mention.

Wilson does not provide music for this dance, and I don't think Playford's music works.

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 dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-41s, start together, weave inside 2s and outside 3s meeting at the bottom
5-81s lead up to the top
A21-41s+2s right hands across...
5-8...and left hands back
B11-41s lead down, turn alone, and lead up to 2nd place as 2s lead up
5-81s right gypsy three quarters, finishing M1 between 3s, W1 between the 2s
B21-4Lines of three across, set twice, 1s finishing in progressed places
5-8Lines of three on the sides, set twice

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