Highland Lilt

Highland Lilt is an English Country Dance. It was published by John & William Neal in 1726 in A Choice Collection of Country Dances. It was interpreted by Rich Jackson & George Fogg in 1990. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars. It is in the key: A minor.

The Neals write:

1st. ma: & 2d. wo: dance to one another, 1st. wo: & 2d. man:ye same
1st. ma: & 2d. wo: turn both hands, 1st. wo: & 2d. ma: ye same
1st. cu: lead thru 2d cu: he going betweene 2d & 3d ma: she betweene 2d & 3d wo: round ye out side of their sex at ye same time meeding in 3d cu: place then lead to ye top thru ye cuples:
All 4 give hands turn round in a ring, & 1st cu: cast off into 2d cu: place

The tune consists of two 4 bar strains each played at 4 counts per bar. Jackson & Fogg's directions are as if it were two 8 bar strains played at 2 counts per bar.

The tune, called Highland Lilt, appeared in Neal's A Choice Collection of Country Dances with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album By Choice. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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), set, circle, cast, lead (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1990 by Rich Jackson & George Fogg. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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