Ormond House

Ormond House is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1702 in Twenty Four New Country Dances, 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 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

The 1. cu. cross over into the 2. cu. Places, while the 2. cu. leads up, the 2. cu. does the same while the 1. cu. leads up Then 1. cu. takes Hands, and puts back into the 2. cu. Place, the 2. cu. does the same at the same time; then loose Hands, the 1. cu. slip up, the 2. down in their own Places Then 1. Wo. and 2. Man change Places a-cross, the 1. Man and 2. Wo. does the same; then take Hands all four half round and fall back, and back to back sideways, the 1. and 2. Men change places sideways, the 1. and 2. We. do the same at the same time; then cross over with your Partners into your own Places.

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: turn single, gypsy, circle, lead, poussette, hey, circular hey, cross go below (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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