Margravine's Waltz

Margravine's Waltz is an English Country Dance. It was published by Preston in 1799 in Twenty four Country Dances for the Year 1799, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Preston says:

Turn your Partner with the Right hand quite round turn back with your Left hand lead down two Cus & foot it lead back again to the 2d Cus place Hands 6 half round Hands 6 back again

The music gives three 8 bar strains, A, B, and C. The description above shows a 48 bar (AABBCC) dance. But 8 bars to do a hand turn? That seems very slow, especially in a waltz. Bare Necessities performs this for Drapers' Gardens and plays 32 bars (AABC), but even that seems too long. I see figures which account for 24 bars (and even that will be slow as this is a waltz).

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Simple Pleasures. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 115 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 dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A1-41s right hand turn
5-8... and back by the left
B1-41s lead down below 3s
5-61s set
7-81s lead up to 2nd place as 2s lead up to 1st
C1-4Circle six left half
5-8... and back by the right

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