Lord Anson for ever is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in about 1750 in Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances Vol. 8. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1968 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 3. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 40 bars.
May be found in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library online collection: Johnson Vol. 8.
First Man set and turn the 2d. Wo. his Partner the same cast off and turn, cast off again and turn below the 3d. Cu. Right and Left 6 round hands 6 round Lead to the top foot it and cast off First Man turn Right hands single with the 2d. Wo. and Left with his Partner 1st. Wo. the same with the 2d. Man cross over two Cu. lead to the top and cast off Hey top and Bottom 1st. Cu. change Places and hey again top and Bottom Right and Left at top
Originally a proper triple minor dance.
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.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast, lead, rights and lefts, lead and cast (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1968 by Bernard Bentley. 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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