Lady Dainty

Lady Dainty is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1710 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1710, London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2002 and published in The She Favourite. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Kynaston writes:

Note Each Strain twice.

The 1st. man cross over below his partner the 2d. wo. at the same time Figure roud her partner ito his place Set and cast up improper The 1st. wo. and 2d. man Figure through the 1st. man and 2d. wo. and cast up The 1st. man Set a cross to his partner and cast off the 1st. wo. up and turn in the 2d. cu. place proper then right hands and left half round the 1st. cu. Set and cast off

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, cast, lead, figure eight, rights and lefts (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2002 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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