New Century Hornpipe

New Century Hornpipe is an American Country Dance. It was published by Saltator in 1802 in A Treatise on Dancing, Boston. It was interpreted by Smukler & Millstone in about 2008. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Saltator writes (in 1802):

First couple down the outside below the third couple, up in the middle, moulinet four half round, back, pass down the middle, up brise, right and left a top.

A "moulinet" is a hands-across star. I think "brise" must mean cast.

Howe writes:

First couple balance, swing once and a half round — ladies chain — first couple balance again and swing once and a half round to place — right and left four.

In Howe's day the word "swing" seems to mean circle, or turn. As far as I can tell he never means a modern swing.

Cracking Chestnuts describes B2 as "Right and left through over and back", but Howe says "Right and left four" which makes more sense in a proper dance.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, ladies chain (courtesy turn) (and probably others).

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