Northern Nancy ~ Kennedy

Northern Nancy ~ Kennedy Northern Nancy ~ Bolton

Northern Nancy ~ Kennedy is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed., London. It was interpreted by Douglas & Helen Kennedy in 1929 and published in Country Dance Book, New Series. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up all forward and back, the 1. man and 2. wo. go back to back and fall into their own places, the 1. wo. and 2. man do as much The 2. man take hands and turn once and an half, and the 2. wo. as much at the same time, then turn your own. Do this to the last.
The 1. man and wo. cross over into the 2. place, then cross over into the 3. place Then lead up the middle to the top and cast off into the second place, then take hands and turn round. Do this Change to the last.

Playford has each figure danced until it everyone is back to places, but Bolton interleaves them.

The original was a proper triple minor.

The Kennedies have omitted the introduction (up a double and back), and the second half of the 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), back to back (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1929 by Douglas & Helen Kennedy. 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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