Mr. Young's Delight

Mr. Young's Delight is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman in 1995. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
All four hands half found, then fall back and turn round from each other another S. then the 1. man cross over with the 2. wo. and the 1.wo with the 2. man. This to the first Strain play'd once
Fall all back, then meet and turn back to back, and then take all hands and turn half found; then the 1. cu. lead down and back again, and the 2. cu. lead up and back again, then turn your partners in their proper places.

I shall make a slight change to Fried's instructions. At the end of B2 she has a two hand turn partner half and turn single; now Playford doesn't mention a turn single, he just says turn to proper, so I think a two hand turn once and a half more accurately reflects this.

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: hand turn (allemande), circle, lead (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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1995 by Fried de Metz Herman. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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