In the Bleak Midwinter is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Robert Hayden in 1997 and published in CDSS News. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: F major.
The tune was composed by Gustav Holst in 1906. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Modern Treasures. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
The animation plays at 91 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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, circle (and probably others).
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The dance is copyright © 1997 by Robert Hayden. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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