Circassian Circle ~ RSCDS

Circassian Circle The Sicilian Circle Circassian Circle ~ RSCDS

Circassian Circle ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by G.M.S. Chivers in 1822 and published in The Handbook of Modern Dancing. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1924 and published in RSCDS Book 1. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. R32

I do not have access to the 1822 version, the earliest I have found is Wilson, 1852.

Wilson writes:

Couples vis-a-vis; form a circle round the room; figure, right and left or hands across; set and turn partners; ladies chain; waltz pass on to next couple; repeat.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-8Rights and lefts
A21-4Set twice to partner
5-8Partner two hand turn
B11-8Open ladies chain, over and back
B21-8Poussette

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