Pretty Miss Larn


Pretty Miss Larn or Otho is an English Country Dance. It was devised by a Person of Quality in 1718 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances Compos'd by a Person of Quality. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2009 and published in Farnicle Huggy. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 30 bars.

Walsh writes:

Note: The first strain twice the last but once.

The 1st. man figure round the 2d. wo. and round the 3d. man till you come above him the 1st. wo. figure as before on her side The 1st. man set to the 3d. wo. then the 3d. man (Dancing) the 1st. wo. at the same time set to the 2d. man then the 2d. wo. set partners and cast up to the top, the 1st. cu. take hands lead down the middle and turn single

Originally a triple minor. I think it would make a good duple minor.

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: set, turn single, turn single cloverleaf, cast, lead, cast and lead, lead and cast (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2009 by Andrew Shaw. 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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