Mary K is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Gary Roodman (website) in 2003 and published in A Finite Set of Calculated Figures. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars. It is in the key: E flat major. Someone thought this dance was Hard.
Petit fours is a version of Grand Square adapted to the longways set. The figure starts with couples progressed and in the center following a two hand turn.
|1||Lead up center||Face each other, fall back|
|2||Face, fall back||Face down, move down|
|3||Face down, move down outside||Face partner, meet in middle|
|3||Face partner, meet in middle||Lead up center|
|With next neighbors|
|1||Lead down center||Face each other, fall back|
|2||Face, fall back||Face up, move up|
|3||Face up, move up outside||Face partner, meet in middle|
|3||Face partner, meet in middle||Lead down center|
The tune is adapted from Scherzo in C Minor composed by Dave Wiesler, and performed by MGM (Mary Lea, Gene Murrow and Margaret Ann Martin) & Reunion (Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm and Jonathan Jensen) on the album New Friends.
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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast, rights and lefts (and probably others).
If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.
The dance is copyright © 2003 by Gary Roodman. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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My work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Most of the dances have more restrictive licensing, see my notes on copyright, the individual dance pages should mention when some rights are waived.