Portland Fancy ~ 32bar

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Portland Fancy ~ 32bar is a New England Contra Dance. It is a traditional dance with no clear origin. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is a Four Face Four dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

This is said to be the first contra dance in a four face four formation. Unlike modern contra dances, travelling buddies do not switch roles.

Howe writes

Join hands and swing eight — head couple (gentleman opposite lady) down the middle, foot couple up the outside (at the same time), back to places — head couple down the outside, and foot couple up the middle — back to places — ladies chain at the head, right and left at foot, right and left at head and ladies chain at foot — all forward, forward and cross by opposite couples to face the next four.

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: circle, ladies chain (courtesy turn), right and left through (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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