Over the Hills and Far Away

Over the Hills and Far Away is an American Country Dance. It was devised by Clement Weeks in 1783 and published in Clement Weeks' Commonplace Book. It was interpreted by Kate van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet in 1976. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

The instructions in A Choice Selection for A1 provide enough movement for 6 bars, I have added an extra set to bring the total up to 8.

The original instructions are "1st and 2nd men change places, passing right shoulders, and set twice to each other, while 1st and 2nd women do the same, or, all set twice to partner and change places passing right shoulder."

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: hand turn (allemande), set, lead, hey, rights and lefts (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. The interpretation is copyright © 1976 by Kate van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet. 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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