The Highlander's Humour or Xenophon is an English Country Dance. It was devised by a Person of Quality in 1718 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances Compos'd by a Person of Quality. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2009 and published in Farnicle Huggy. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 36 bars.
Note: Each strain twice.
The 1st. and 2d. cu. Dance all round, to the right and turn partners quite round the same back again the 1st. man and 2d. wo. dance round each other and turn partners the 1st. wo. and 2d. man do the same, the 1st. cu. cast off
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), turn single, gypsy, 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 © 2009 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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