Morpeth Rant

Morpeth Rant ~ 3 Couple Morpeth Rant

Morpeth Rant is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1816 and published in A Companion to the Ball Room. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in about 1965 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Wilson writes:

DOUBLE FIGURE (Each strain repeated)

The 3 ladies lead round the 3 gent: the 3 gent: lead round the 3 ladies promenade 3 Cu: lead down the middle and up again & allemande

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: circle, cast, lead, promenade round, regency allemande (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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