Le Carillon de Dunkerque is an American Country Dance. It was published by Elias Howe in 1862 in American Dancing Master. It is a Square dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 136 bars.
Le Carillon de Dunkerque, like the Boulangère, is a French dance of the olden time, and is the merriest and noisiest of all country dances.
The gentlemen select their partners, and place themselves as for the Quadrille.
It is of no consequence if the number of couples is not equal, the more that dance the merrier it is.
The music plays the first eight bars, after which each gentleman takes the place of the gentleman to his right, the ladies, meanwhile retaining their places.
All balance and turn with their new partners, the gentlemen finishing with their faces towards the ladies, and their backs to the centre of the Quadrille.
Then all the ladies and gentlemeen clap their hands three times, and then stamp on the floor three times, and finish by turning round with their new partners. This figure is again begun and repeated until the gentlemen meet with their original partners, after which the ladies perform the figure in the same manner with the gentlemen.
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.
|Men's Figure repeats 4 times|
|Women's Figure repeats 4 times|
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