Leather Lake House

Leather Lake House is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Bishop in 1788 in Six New Minuets and Twelve Country Dances. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman (website) in 1986 and published in The Naked Truth. Found in The Playford Assembly. Mentioned in the article A Trip to Netherfield. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: A major. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

Bishop writes:

Set & half right and left same again cross over one Cu: & half turn lead thro' the top & cast one Cu: first Lady hands three round at top first Gent same at bottom first Cu: allemande quite round first Lady hands three round at bottom first Gent hands three round at top first Cu: allemande quite round

The primary tune was published with the dance, Fried de Metz Herman added an alternate tune, Pease Strae composed by Niel Gow. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 116 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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast, lead, hey, circular hey (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1986 by Fried de Metz Herman. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2018 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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