Fuerst Things Fuerst

Fuerst Things Fuerst is a New England Contra Dance. It was devised by Will Mentor in about 0. It is a Becket dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Written for Michael Fuerst, who introduced the concept of a right and left through on the half diagonal.

In this right and left through the men in the minor set take hands and change places, while the women take hands outside the minorset (also on the right diagonal) and change places.

The notes suggest a couple out at the end wait on the right and cross together on the right and left through (even though the man has no one to cross with). I prefer having the men cross early so long lines are balance (and then the men simply courtesy turn their partners as they arrive).

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), right and left through, long lines forward and back, swing (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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