Donald Bane ~ Williams or Donaldbane ~ Williams is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1816 and published in A Companion to the Ball Room, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2023. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Donald Bane is an anglicization of Domnall Bán (Donald the Fair) and was the great-grandson of the king killed by MacBeth.
Wilson writes (on page 80):
SINGLE FIGURE Each strain repeated
Hands 3 round on the ladies side hands 3 round on the gents side lead down the middle up again & right & left with the top Cu:
OR THUS Set & change sides with the 2d. Cu: set & back again lead down the middle up again & allemande
Hey on your own sides swing with right hands round 2d. Cu: then with left hands 6 round & back again set contrary corners
Wilson usually gives multiple figures for a tune, this is an attempt to understand the double figure he describes.
The music consists of two 4 bar strains. Wilson's usual statement for double figures (which he gives on the dance above this) is Tune played twice through with repeats. So the music should probably be played AABBAABB.
Wilson spells the dance "Donaldbane".
Wilson defines most of his figures in his An Analysis of Country Dancing.
swing with right hands round 2d. Cu: then with left may be found on pages 85-86 and means: right hand turn half (swing) to cross the set, loop partner's starting place, cross the set again above the 2s, ending proper between 2s & 3s.
left hand turn half to cross the set, loop partner's place, crossing below the 2s and ending home.
Wilson does not specify which shoulder to use when crossing the second and fourth times. 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.
It is not obvious to me where in this sequence Wilson expects progression to happen. Perhaps the first movement of set contrary corners has the 1s moving down and the 2s up.
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 dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
|1s meet, face down, as others face up; 1s pass between 2s to start mirror heys on their own sides
|1s right turn half, loop partner's place, cross above 2s, ending below them on their proper sides
|1s left turn half, loop where partner was, cross below 2s, ending back home
|Circle six left...
|...and back to the right (1s end facing 1st corners)
|1s face 1st corners as 2s cast up
|1s set to 1st corners, pass right, set to 2nd corners, return home
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