Cupid Disarm'd

Cupid Disarm'd is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1717 and published in Twenty-Four New Country Dances for the Year 1717, London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2000 and published in Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Kynaston writes:

Note: Each Strain twice.

The 1st. man cast off below the 2d. man the1st. wo. follow him at the same time take hands with the 3d. cu. & go half round Then hands back again the 1st. wo. go outside round the 2d. man to her place the 1st. man at the same time follow her to his place the 1st. cu. slip outside below the 2d. cu. change place fall back sides with the 2d & 3d cu. & turn single the1st. man cast below the 3d. wo. & go outside above the 3d. man the 1st. wo. at the same time cast up to the top & go outside below the 2d. wo. take hands sides as before and turn single

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: turn single, circle, cast (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2000 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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