Exeter Ladies

Exeter Ladies is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1710 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1710. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1961 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain twice.

The 1st. and 2d cu. take hands go half round and turn S. then back again The 1st. cu. go the Hey sides with the 2d. and 3d. cu. then the 1st. cu. cast off and turn the 3d. cu. the 1st. cu. Set in the 2d. cu. place and turn S. then the 1st. man turn the 2d. man with his left hand quite round the 1st. wo. turn the 2d. wo. with her right hand at the same time

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, turn single, circle, cast, lead, hey, mirror 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 © 1961 by Pat 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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