La Tempête

The Tempest

The Tempest La Tempête The Tempest

La Tempête or The Tempest is a European Contredanse. It was published by Thomas Hillgrove in 1857 in The Scholar's Companion and Ball-Room Vade-Mecum. It is a Four Face Four dance. The dance lasts 48 bars.

In the CDSS book, Cracking Chestnuts, there is a later version of the dance with a different quadruple minor starting formation.

Hillgrove claims "This dance was lately introduced into Paris, and is now in high repute in the soirées dansantes and the fashionable circles in England."

Unlike modern four face four dances, in this one couples do not switch from right to left and vice versa as they progress.

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.

1-4Lines of four forward and back
5-8Lines of four forward and back (again)
9-16Couples chassez, right couple in front
17-20Lines of four forward and back
21-24Lines of four forward and back (again)
25-28Center four right hands across, end pairs right hand turn...
29-32...and back by the left
33-36Center four circle left, end pairs two hand turn...
37-40...and back counter clockwise
41-44Lines of four forward and back
45-482s drop hands, 1s arch, pass through

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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