Crief Fair ~ RSCDS

Crief Fair ~ Williams Crief Fair ~ RSCDS

Crief Fair ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1816 and published in A Companion to the Ball Room, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1935 and published in RSCDS Book 10. It is R8×24 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R24.

Wilson writes (on page 76):

SINGLE FIGURE Each strain repeated
Set & change sides with the 2d. Cu: set & back again lead down the middle up again allemande & set contrary corners

OR THUS The 1st. Lady lead down the 2d. gent: the 1t. gent: lead down the 2d Lady lead your partner down the middle up again & right & left with top Cu: & the double triangle

The music consists of three 4 bar strains. I assume the music should be played at 2 beats per bar and that " " indicates two repetitions of each strain.

Wilson usually gives multiple figures for a tune, the RSCDS has interpreted the first figure he describes.

Wilson defines most of his figures in his An Analysis of Country Dancing.
Set & change sides with the 2d. Cu: may be found on pages 26-27 and means: set to neighbor, and change sides with partner (ladies between the men), set to neighbor again, and change back (ladies between men). Wilson does not say that hands should be taken.
lead down the middle up again may be found on pages 10-11 and means: "lead down two couples, turn, lead up to the place of the couple who were below (who move up)" Wilson does not specify a hand hold for the lead, nor whether the 2s take hands.
allemande may be found on page 7 and appears to mean a gypsy (or perhaps a back-to-back). This is an unusual meaning for "allemande", but, as best as I can understand, that is what Wilson describes.
set contrary corners may be found on pages 55-57 and means "move to 1st corner and set, pass partner right moving to 2nd corner, set, return to places the easiest way". Wilson does not show the corners setting back, but I expect modern dancers would want to.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: set, lead, down the middle and back (and probably others).

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