Dainty Davie ~ RSCDS

Dainty Davy ~ RSCDS

Dainty Davy Dainty Davie ~ RSCDS

Dainty Davie ~ RSCDS or Dainty Davy ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed., London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1936 and published in RSCDS Book 11. It is S8×16 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. St16.

The RSCDS attributes this figure to Walsh (who did print it in The Compleat Country Dancing Master in 1718, but Playford published it considerably earlier. Playford (and Walsh) spell the title "Dainty Davy" rather than "Davie".

Playford's music is a 32 bar reel rather than a 16 bar strathspey.

Playford writes:

The 1. cu. clap hands and cross over below the 2. cu. and turn to your own sides The 2. cu. do the same The 1. cu. cross over below the 2. cu. and Figure through the 3d. cu then Figure through the 1. cu. and turn in the 2. cu. place Each Strain twice.

Clearly having the 1s figure eight through the 1. cu. is a misprint, presumably the 2s are meant (or perhaps the couple now standing in the 1s place - which is the 2s)

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: cast, figure eight (and probably others).

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