Lady Jean Murray's Rant ~ RSCDS

Lady Jane Murray's Rant ~ Williams Lady Jean Murray's Rant ~ RSCDS

Lady Jean Murray's Rant ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by David Rutherford in about 1756 in Rutherford's compleat Collection of 200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New, Vol. 1, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1935 and published in RSCDS Book 10. It is S8×32 2C/4C, a proper Duple Minor dance. St32.

Rutherford spells the title "Lady Jane Murray's Rant".

Rutherford writes (in dance 139)

The first Man casts off, & the 2d Woman casts up at the same time & turns The first Wo. and 2d Man does the same Hands a cross with the 2d Couple & back again Foot to your Partner & right Hands & Left

The music consists of 2 four bar phrases, each presumably played at 4 counts per bar.

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), set, cast, hands across (and probably others).

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