Maxwill's Rant

Mazwell's Rant ~ Williams

Maxwill's Rant Maxwell's Rant ~ RSCDS

Maxwill's Rant or Mazwell's Rant ~ Williams is an English 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 George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Although Johnson published this first, Rutherford published the same figure a few years later and his book is online.

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.

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.

A11-81s cross over into mirror heys on opposite sides
A21-81s cross back into mirror heys on their own sides
B11-41s cross, go below, as 2s lead up
5-81s half figure eight up through 2s
B21-41s lead below 3s and cast back to place
5-81s two hand turn

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