Country Courtship ~ 3 Couple

Country Courtship ~ 3 Couple Country Courtship ~ Duple

Country Courtship ~ 3 Couple is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in about 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed.. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford (John Young) writes:

Note: Each Strain twice.

The first Couple cast off and half Gigure with the third Couple, then cross over to the top and cast off The other Couple do the same Then the first Man change places with the second Woman and second Man with the first Woman, and Hands all four half round and cast off Then back to back and Right and Left quite round

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.

A11-21s cast down as 2s lead up
3-51s half figure eight down through 3s
6-81s half figure eight up through 2s
A21-22s cast down as 1s lead up
3-52s half figure eight down through 3s
6-82s half figure eight up through 1s
B11-4M1+W2 change, W1+M2 change
5-61s+2s ircle left half
7-81s cast down as 2s lead up
B21-4All partner back to back
5-81s+3s face partner, three changes of rights and lefts as 2s two hand turn

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