Maxwell's Rant ~ RSCDS

Maxwill's Rant Maxwell's Rant ~ RSCDS

Maxwell's Rant ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in 1748 in A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol. 4th, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1955. It is R8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R32.

The RSCDS attributes this dance to David Rutherford, but John Johnson published the same figure a few years earlier.

Rutherford and Johnson call this dance "Maxwill's Rant", the RSCDS has corrected it to "Maxwell's dance".

Rutherford writes:

Hey Contrary sides Hey on your own sides Cross over and half figure Lead through the 3d. and Cast up into the 2d. Couple's place and turn it out

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, figure eight, hey, hey for three, lead and cast (and probably others).

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