Jamie Allen ~ Proper

Jimmy Allen ~ Proper

Jamie Allen ~ Improper Jamie Allen ~ Proper

Jamie Allen ~ Proper or Jimmy Allen ~ Proper is an American Country Dance. It was published by Elias Howe in 1862 in The American Dancing Master. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance 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.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-41s lead down, exit between Ladies 2+3, L1 loop left, G1 loop right into middle facing gents
5-81s lead through Gents 2+3, G1 loop left, L1 right to lines of three across
A21-2Lines of three balance
3-61s left hand turn 3/4 to proper
7-8Lines of three (on the sides) balance
B11-81s contra corners
B21-81s balance and swing, end facing down (note, the swing must end proper, which is awkward)

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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