Lille is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1710 and published in Twenty-Four New Country Dances for the Year 1710, London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2000 and published in Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Kynaston writes:

Note: Each Strain twice.

The 1st. man cast off and goes the outside the 3d. wo. below her the 1st. wo. at the same time follows her partner below the 2d. man and cast up her partner follows her both go into their places the 1st. wo. does the same and her partner follows her as before the 1st. cu. go down the middle set a cross with the 3d. cu. and turn S. then cross above the 2d. cu. and go into each others place the 1st. cu. cast off and clap hands once then the 1st. man go round the 2d. wo. the 1st. wo. at the same time goes round the 3d. man both meet in the 2d. cu. place and turn partners

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, gypsy, cast, lead, cross go below (and probably others).

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