Evan's Delight

Evan's Delight is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1715 in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1715, London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2002 and published in The She Favourite. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Walsh writes:

Note: Each strain is to be pla'd twice over.

First Man cast off and figure round the 3d Wo. the 1st Wo. cast off at the same Time and figure round the 2d Man, then meet and turn into the 3d Cu. Place The 2d Cu. cast off and do the same The 1st Cu. cross over felow the 2d Cu. then below the 3d Cu. and turn single The 1st Cu. lead up thro' the 3d Cu. and take Hands with the 2d Cu. and go quite round

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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), circle, cast, lead, figure eight, cast and lead, lead and cast (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2002 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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