The Fisher's Hornpipe ~ Duple is an American Country Dance. It was published by John Griffiths in 1788 in A Collection of the newest and most fashionable Country Dances and Cotillions. It was interpreted by Kate van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet in 1976 and published in A Choice Selection of American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Griffiths published this dance in two booklets with slightly different wording in each.
Cast off two couples, up again, lead down the middle, up again, and cast off one couple, cross hands at bottom, right and left at top.
Cast off back — up again — lead down the Middle — up again and cast off one Co. — Hands cross at Bottom — Halfway — back again — right and left at Top.
First couple down the outside, back, down the middle, back and brise, six demicirinate, right and left at top.
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: cast, lead, hands across, rights and lefts, lead and cast, down the middle and back (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1976 by Kate van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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