Old Zip Coon

Old Zip Coon is an American Country Dance. It was published by Elias Howe in 1858 in Complete Ball-Room Hand Book. It was interpreted by Smucker & Millstone in about 2008. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Howe writes

First couple down the outside and back up the centre (second couple down the centre and back up the outside at the same time) — first couple down the centre and back up the outside (second couple down the outside and back up the centre at the same time) first and second couples down the centre together, back (first couple cast off) right and left four.

Cracking Chestnuts says that B2 should be "rights and lefts, over and back". I am following Howe and using a right and left four instead.

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 dance contains the following figures: cast (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. I do not have a date for the interpretation, so it may be under copyright. 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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