Jamie Allen ~ Improper

Jimmy Allen ~ Improper

Huntsmen's Chorus ~ Improper

Jamie Allen ~ Improper Jamie Allen ~ Proper

Jamie Allen ~ Improper or Jimmy Allen ~ Improper is an American Country Dance. It was published by Elias Howe in 1862 in The American Dancing Master. It was interpreted by David Kaynor sometime before 2021-04-10. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. Originally proper this version is a Triple Minor dance with the 1s improper. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Very similar to Bonnie Breast Knot collected by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles from Somerset and Devon but not published until after Sharp's death. See the Cambridge Round's site.

In an improper triple minor people at the ends should switch sides when there is only one couple out (not when there are two at that end).

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. 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), lead, swing, turn corners (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.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. I do not have a date for the interpretation, so it may be under copyright. 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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