Hamilton House ~ RSCDS

Hamilton House ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by William Campbell in about 1789 in Campbell's Fourth Collection of the newest and most Favorite Country Dances & Cotillions, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1931 and published in RSCDS Book 7. It is J8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. J32.

William Campbell published two dances named Hamilton House, one in his first book (~1786) and one in his fourth book (~1789). The RSCDS figure matches that of the fourth book better. The RSCDS claims a date of 1783 for their source perhaps there was an earlier work, or, more likely, as Campbell's books are undated that date is simply an approximation.

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle (and probably others).

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