Lady Walpole's Reel

Lady Walpole's Reel is a New England Contra Dance. It was published by Elias Howe in 1862 in American Dancing Master, Boston. It was interpreted by Smukler & Millstone in about 2008. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Howe writes

(Music: Massai's Favorite.)

First couple cross over, 1st lady balance to 2d gentleman and turn (at the same time 1st getn. balance to 2d lady and turn), 1st couple down the centre (on opposite sides), back, cast off, ladies chain, half promenade, half right and left.

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: set, cast, ladies chain (courtesy turn), right and left through, swing (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~2008 by Smukler & Millstone. 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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