Lady Round the Lady - Hume is a Square Dance. It was published by Ralph Page in 1956 in Northern Junket. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 2022. It is a Square dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 320 bars.
Ralph Page writes:
Any introduction you like that uses 16 measures of music:
Couple 1 - Out to the right and ----
Lady round the lady, the gent walk round the gent
The Gent go round the lady, lady round the gent
Half right & left six, go right across the set
Leading couple to the middle and lead on to the next;
Where it's lady round the lady, gent go round the gent
Gent go round the lady and the lady round the gent
Half lady's chain then swing the one you've got
Swing her in the center and you take her to the last
And it's lady round the lady, gent around the gent
Gent go round the lady, lady round the gent
Half right and left six, til you all get home again
Swing your partner once or twice and listen to the call!
Use a break figure for 16 measures of music
Then repeat figure for other couples in turn - then:
The two head couples to the right and ----
The ladies round the lady; gents go round the gent
The gents around the lady; the ladies round the gent
All right and left eight across the set and back
When you're all back home again you swing your partners all.
Take your lady with you and promenade the hall.
Repeat for two side couples
Use any ending figure you wish and end dance ----
All join hands and circle left, circle once around
You all are going wrong so back the other way
Bow to your partners one and all
And that's the end of the call.
Colin Hume has translated this into descriptive English, and fit it to the music.
This is an unusual dance: the visiting couple splits up, the man is active the whole time, while his partner is only active half the time, and then the man takes up with his opposite woman and finishes with her. After two iterations everyone is with their opposite, and after four everyone is back home again.
In this version, I follow Colin's suggestion that the active couple not split up. This involves turning a ladies chain/opposite swing into ladies chain over and back.
This uses an old Quadrille figure "right and left six" which was also used in early squares (I assume this is different from Johnson's "Right and Left 6 round" in Lord Anson for ever (Vol. 8, ~1756)). It is described, but not very well, in Henry Ford/Benjamin Lovett's Good Morning (1925). Colin describes it as a double pass through without hands with a courtesy turn at the ends. It continues until everyone is back where they started.
Only in this dance only half the figure is done (leaving the active couple where they started, and the two side couples reversed (They'll get sorted out when before the actives finish).
In the later half of the dance there is a "right and left eight" which is the same idea with more people involved. (and that time everyone does end where they started.
The tune was published by Ralph Page in Horthern Junket with the dance. Colin Hume's software synthesized the music.
The animation plays at 115 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), lead, figure eight, rights and lefts, ladies chain (courtesy turn), swing (and probably others).
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.
The dance is copyright © 1956 by Ralph Page. The interpretation is copyright © 2022 by Colin Hume. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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