Lady's Triumph ~ Howe or The Triumph ~ Howe is an American Country Dance. It was published by Preston in 1796 in Preston's Twenty four Country Dances for the Year 1793. 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.
Preston published a version in 1796, and Thompson published something rather different in 1790 named La Triomphe. Walsh published The Lady's Triumph in 1719, but it has a completely different figure. Preston's version has three lead up abreast, but has not yet developed the triumphal arch over the woman.
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 ··
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 .
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 .
In his Complete Ball-Room Hand Book, Howe has a small collection of dances which he takes directly from Wilson's 1816 work A Companion to the Ball Room. This dance is not in that section, so I presume it had arrived in the US before 1858.
First lady join right hands with second gentleman down the centre, first gentleman dow after them takes his partner by the left hand, joining his right with the second gentleman's left behind the lady, up (in that position) to place—first gentleman and second lady down the centre, first lady after them and up as before to place—first couple down the centre, back (cast off)—right and left four.
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.
|A1||1-4||W1+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|
|5-8||M1 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|
|A2||1-8||The same, M1 with W2 while W1 chases, return with M1 in center|
|B1||1-8||1s down the middle, turn alone, come back up, and cast off|
|B2||1-8||Right and left four|
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