Mother Brown's Cat is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 1988 and published in Retreads Vol.3. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 34 bars.
The 1. and 2. cu. go Arms quite round, and the 1. cu. cast off, then the 1. cu. are in the 2. cu. Place, then the 1. cu. lead down and the 2. up, the the 1. cu. lead through the 2. cu. and cast off into the 2. cu. Place Then the 2. cu. goes Right and Left with the 1. cu. half round, and the 1 cu. are in their own Places; the 1. Man change Places with the 2. Wo. and the 1. Wo. with the 2. Man, then the 1. cu. are in the 2. cu. Place; then the 1. cu. slip up and down and up again, and cast off and turn; the 2. Man and Wo. change Places at the same time, and so to the end.
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 dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
|A1||1-4||Partners arm right once and a half|
|5-8||1s long cast down as 2s wait and lead up (1s face down, 2s up)|
|A2||1-2||Forward to next neighbor|
|3-4||Turn single away once and a half to face current neighbor|
|5-8||1s lead up and cast back to progressed place as 2s move down outside and lead up|
|B||1-8||Facing partner, four changes of rights and lefts|
|9-12||1s slip up inside, down outside as 2s slip down outside and up inside|
|13-16||1s slip up inside and cast back as 2s slip down outside and lead back|
|17-18||All partner two hand turn half|
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