East Indian

East Indian is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1783 in Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol. 4, London. It was interpreted by Ken Sheffield (website) in 1988 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 5. Found in The Playford Assembly. Mentioned in the article A Trip to Netherfield. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

Thompson writes:

Right hands across half round left back again
Lead down the middle up again & cast off
Hands 6 quite round
Allemand with your partner

The tune was published with the dance and was performed by Bonnie Insull, Susan McNeil, and Robert Winokur in perparation for the Santa Barbara Winter Dreams Ball, 2017.

The animation plays at 107 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 (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 dances of Ken Sheffield (including adaptations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4Three hand right stars at ends, 2s woman up man down
5-82s switch, Left hand stars at ends (2s man up woman down)
A21-81s lead down, turn, skip back, cast, 2s move up
B11-4Circle six left (about half)...
5-8...and back to the right
B21-4Right Bentley Allemande
5-8Left Bentley Allemande

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1988 by Ken Sheffield. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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