The Introduction is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Fried de Metz Herman (website) in 1996 and published in Fringe Benefits. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 2341. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: A minor.
The tune was composed by the blind Irish harpist, Turlough O'Carolan, from about 1700. The dance was commissioned by Bare Necessities, by whom it is performed (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
The animation plays at 77 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), cast, lead, hands across, hey, siding (and probably others).
If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.
The dance is copyright © 1996 by Fried de Metz Herman. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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