Doll Tearsheet's Rant

Doll Tearsheet's Rant is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in about 1764. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1971 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 4. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Bentley says this was published in Johnson "for the Shakespeare Jubilee". I presume that is 1764, or two hundred years after Shakespeare's birth, or perhaps 1766, 150 years after his death.

Johnson writes

Cast off one Cu. 1st Man hannds round with the 2d. & 3d. Man 1st Wo. the same on her side 1st Man right hands across at bottom with 3 Cu. then left hands across at top and then at bottom 1st & 2d. Cu Back to Back & turn their own Partners. Hey on their own side & turn their Partners.

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), circle, cast, hands across, hey, mirror hey, siding (and probably others).

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I do not have a publication date for the dance and not know whether it is under copyright or not. The interpretation is copyright © 1971 by Bernard Bentley. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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