Lamplighter's Hornpipe ~ Duple

Lamplighter's Hornpipe ~ Duple Lamplighter's Hornpipe ~ Triple

Lamplighter's Hornpipe ~ Duple is an American Country Dance. It was published by Elias Howe in 1858 in Complete Ball-Room Hand Book, Boston. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Howe writes:

First couple cross over and go between second and third couples facing out, join hands and balance three on a side and swing the right hand person — balance again, swing the left hand person, and swing partners half round with right hand — first couple down the centre back and cast off — 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-21s cross to below 2s, form long wavy lines
3-4Balance the wave
5-8Allemande right the person on the right
A21-4Allemande left the person on the left
5-81s balance and swing
B11-81s down the middle, turn alone, come back up, and cast off
B21-8Right and left four

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