London Bridge

London Bridge is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1718 in The Compleat Country Dancing-Master Vol. 2. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman in 1995. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Walsh writes:
Note: Each Strain to be play'd twice over.
The 1st Man Sides with the 2d Wo. then sett and turn single · The 2d Man Sides with the 1st Wo. then sett and turn single : The 1st Man change Places with the 2d Wo. and the 2d Man change Places with the 1st 1st Wo. then change Places each with their own Partners · Then hands across all four quite round, and turn single :

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.

The dance contains the following figures: set, turn single, hands across (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1995 by Fried de Metz Herman. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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