The Duke of Kent's Waltz is an English Country Dance. It was devised by W.M. Cahusac in 1801 and published in W.M. Cahusac's Annual Collection. It was interpreted by A. Simons in 1970 and published in Kentish Hops. Found in The Playford Ball. Mentioned in the article A Trip to Netherfield. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.
The Duke of Kent was the fourth son (5th child) of George III of England. He never became king, but his daughter became Queen Victoria who ruled from 1837-1901. He was unmarried when this dance was written.
He served in the military in Canada from roughly 1791-1800, and was appointed Duke of Kent in 1799.
The tune was published by Cahusac with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album A Playford Ball. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
The animation plays at 135 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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), cast, lead, hands across, box the gnat, swat the flea (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1970 by A. Simons. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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