Katharine-Street ~ Herman or Catherine Street ~ Herman is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1718 in The Compleat Country Dancing-Master Vol. 2. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman (website) in 1995 and published in Ease and Elegance. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Note: Each Strain to be play'd twice over.The 1st Cu. Back to Back with the 2d Cu. and then with their Partners The 1st Cu. turn the 2d Cu. then turn their own Meet all four and sett then turn single, and clap Hands all four going quite round Th 1st Cu. go the Figure thro' the 2d Cu. and cross over and turn their own Partner
Fried attributes this to Walsh, but it appears earlier in Playford (1710) as Catherine Street.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.The first Couple Back to Back with the second Couple, and then with their Partners. This to the first Strain play'd once The first Couple turn the second COuple, then turn their own This to the first Strain play'd twice Meet all four and Sett, the turn single and clap Hands, all four going quite round This to the last Strain play'd once The first Couple go the Figure through the second Couple, and cross over and turn their own Partners. This to the last Strain play'd twice
The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by the Odd Sundays Garage Band (Judy Linsenberg, Shira Kammen and Patti Cobb). The music is used with permission from the Odd Sundays Garage Band.
The animation plays at 100 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), set, turn single, circle, lead, figure eight, cross go below, back to back (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1995 by Fried de Metz Herman. 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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