German Spa

German Spa is an American Country Dance. It was published by John Griffiths in 1794 in Cotillions and Country Dances, Norwich, CT. 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.

This dance was published by John Griffiths in Cotillions and Country Dances in 1794.

It was somewhat modified and collected by Nancy Shepley and included in her Commonplace Book.

Griffiths actually published two dances with this name, one a cotillion, and one a country dance. This is the country dance. Griffiths writes:

Balance two couples, then cross hands half way, the same back again, lead down the middle, up again and cast off one couple, right and left at top

Turn single was no longer used in England by 1794, and there is certainly no indication of it in Griffiths original.

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: set, turn single, 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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