Hunt the Squirrel ~ Duple is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1709 in The Dancing Master, 14th ed.. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2020. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 64 bars.
The tune, also called Hunt the Squirrel, was published in Playford with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album A Playford Ball. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
The animation plays at 113 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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 dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
|A1||1-8||1s cross into mirror interwoven heys for three on the sides|
|A2||1-8||Again, 1s cross into mirror interwoven heys for three on the sides|
|B1||1-4||1s cross, go below as 2s move up|
|5-8||1s two hand turn once and a half (to proper)|
|B2||1-4||2s cross, go below as 1s move up|
|5-8||2s two hand turn once and a half|
|A3||1-8||M1 followed by partner loops counter-clockwise around M2, clockwise around W2 back to places|
|A4||1-8||W1 followed by partner loops counter-clockwise around previous W2, clockwise around previous M2 back to places|
|5-6||Circle left half|
|7-8||1s cast down, as 2s lead up|
|B4||1-8||1s+2s below (next neighbors) four changes of rights and lefts|
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