None So Pretty - Wilson

None So Pretty - Wilson None So Pretty - Wilson ~ RSCDS

None So Pretty - Wilson is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1816 and published in A Companion to the Ball Room, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Wilson writes:

SINGLE FIGURE1st. strain repeat 2d. played straight thro & D.C.
Set & half right & left with 2d.; set & back again lead don the middle up again & half poussette with top Cu:

OR THUSHands 3 round on the ladies side hand 3 round on the gent: side lead down the middle up again & set to the top Cu:

DOUBLE FIGURE Tune played twice thro' as marked
Swing with right hands round 2d. Cu: then with left set 3 across set 3 in your places whole figure contrary corners chain figure four round with top Cu: & allemande

Wilson has a different figure for this tune in his earlier book Treasures of Terpsichore, 1809. Preston has yet another figure in 1796. Cahusac gives two figures in 1795. Campbell has a figure in Campbell's 9th Book of New and Favorite Country Dances & Strathspey Reels from about 1794. While Rutherford, 1756 and Johnson, 1742 give the same figure (Rutherford's compleat Collection of 200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New, Vol. 1) — but the music they give is a different tune (for one thing it is a jig, not a reel).

This is an attempt to understand the DOUBLE FIGURE which is the basis of the Scottish Country Dance of this name.

In An Analysis of Country Dancing Wilson defines some of the terms he uses. A "whole figure" is just a "full figure eight" (as you might expect, Playford uses the same phrase). Wilson does not explicitly define "whole figure contrary corners" in his first edition, but he does in his second on page 104 of the 2nd edition of the Analysis (1811). Rather awkwardly, Wilson provides two different (contradictory) directions. In the first "the 1s cross down, W1 in front of M1, W1 around M3, M1 around W3, then cross up, W1 around W2, M1 around M2, and return home". In the second the "1s cross up, W1 around M2, M1 around W2, then cross down W1 around W3, M1 around M3, and return home.

Chain figure for four is also defined in the second edition, on page 76 and it is what anyone else would call rights and lefts.

Wilson gives a very unclear definition of "allemande" it might be a modern gypsy, or a back to back (he defines neigther of these figures). He says the two people doing the allemande walk in circles around one another, he does not mention taking hands, he does not say how their faces are oriented.

It is tempting to have the 1s become improper after the lines across setting (the RSCDS does this), but Wilson says they are "in your places" for the setting on the sides.

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.

The dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-21s+2s Neighbor right hand turn half
3-81s left hand turn once and a quarter and fall back between end couples (man down, lady up)
A21-4Lines of three across set twice, 1s only setting once and moving to 2nd place proper
5-8Lines of three on the sides set twice
B11-81s full figure eight, W1 looping M3 first than W2 as M1 loops W3 first then M2
B21-41s+2s face partner, four quick changes of rights and lefts
5-81s right gypsy

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