Lady's Triumph

Lady's Triumph Dorset Triumph The Triumph ~ Preston The Triumph ~ Sharp The Triumph La Triomphe

Lady's Triumph is an American Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1809 and published in Treasures of Terpsichore, 1st edition. It was interpreted by Elias Howe in 1858 and published in Complete Ball-Room Hand Book. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

There are many versions of The Triumph, this is the only one I've found where a woman chases after her man, as well as men chasing women. A nice egalatarian touch.

Wilson writes:

3 PARTS

Single Figure.

The second Gentleman leads down the top Lady, at the same time the top Gentleman crosses over and leads down outside on the Ladies' side, the two Gentlement then lead the Lady up in triumph to her place ··, then the top Gentleman leads down the second Lady, and the second Gentleman crosses over and leads outside on the Ladies' side, the two Gentlemen then lead the Lady up to her place in triumph ··, lead down the middle, up again, and right left .

Or thus:

Set and change sides ··, the second Gentleman leads down the top Lady, at the same time the top Gentleman crosses over and leads down outside the Ladies' side, the two Gentlemen then lead the Lady up in triumph to her place ··, down the middle, up again, and right and left .

Before him, Preston wrote in 1793:

The 1st. Lady set to the 2d. Gentn. & turn The 1st. Gentn. set to the 2d. Lady & turn The 1st. Lady take the 2d. Gentn. by the right hand & lead him down to the 3d. Cus. place · The 1st. Gentn. cast off & his Partr. all 3 lead up to the top together ·· the 1st. Cu lead down the middle up again & cast off ··

Graham Christian, in The Playford Assembly says there is an even earlier version in Thompson's annual of 1790 (called La Triomphe), but, as yet, I have not found a copy of that work.

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.

A11-4W1+M2 join right hands and lead down, turning as a couple to face up, as M1 chase after them to join in a line of three facing up
5-8M1 joins right hands with partner, left to M2('s right) in an arch over W1, dance up, M2 cast home as 1s right turn half to home
A21-8The same, M1 with W2 while W1 chases, return with M1 in center
B11-81s down the middle, turn alone, come back up, and cast off
B21-8Right and left four

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