Half Moon

Half Moon is an American Country Dance. It was published by Elias Howe in 1858 in Complete Ball-Room Hand Book. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Howe writes:

First and third couples (face each other) (second couple remain in their places) balance, swing around second couple to opposite places — same couples balance again, and swing to places — first couple down the center, back (cast off) — right and left four.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-81s+3s face, balance, swing around 2s to opposite places (2s stand)
A21-81s+3s balance again, swing back to places
B11-81s down the middle, turn alone, come back up, and cast off
B21-81s+2s Right and left four

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