Mi-Carême

Mi-Carême is an English Country Dance. It was devised by John Essex in 1710 and published in For the Further Improvement of Dancing. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in about 1965 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Pat does not provide a date for his interpretation. Presumably sometime in the 1960s or 70s.

Essex describes this dance with diagrams which I shall not reproduce, you may find them on page 31 (and following) of For the Further Improvement of Dancing.

Carême is French for Lent, and Mi-Carême is a festival in the middle of lent.


Rigadoon: Feet together, swing right foot out to side toe pointing down, swing left foot out to side toe pointing down, feet together - jump hop on each step - even beats (quoted from Pat Shaw)

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast (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.

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