The Dusty Miller

The Dusty Miller is an English Country Dance. It was devised by John & William Neal in 1726 and published in Choice Collection of Country Dances. It was interpreted by Rich Jackson & George Fogg in 1990. Found in The Playford Assembly. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

Thompson writes:

tune twice & each strain twice
1st. cu: lead thro' 2d. cu: & cast off below 3d. cu:
Turn both hands in 3d. cu: place & cast up into 2d. cu: place:
1st. ma: turn 2d wo: wth. his right hand his partner ye same wth. 3d. ma: at ye same time
   & 1st. turn his partner wth. his left hand 'twixt ye cuples:
1st. ma: turn 3d. wo: wth. his right hand his partner ye wth. 2d. ma: at ye same time
   & 1st. turn his partner wth. his left hand:
1st. ma: dance to 3d. wo: and turn her wth. both hands his par. ye same wth. 2d. ma: at ye time:
1st. ma: dance to 2d. wo: and turn her wth. both hands his par. ye same wth. 3d. ma: at ye time:
1st. ma: hey wth. 2d. & 3d. wo: he going round 3d. wo: first, his partner ye same wth. 2d. & 3d.
   men at ye same time, she going round 2d. ma: first
1st cu: meeting in 2d. cu: place & turn both hands:

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), set, cast, lead, hey, siding (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1990 by Rich Jackson & George Fogg. 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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