Princess's Court

Princess's Court is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1718 in The Compleat Country Dancing-Master. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman (website) in about 2009 and published in Serendipity. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 40 bars.

Walsh writes:

The 1st Cu. cast off and sett, and cast up again The 2d Cu. do the same Then the 1st Cu. cross over the 2d Cu. and clap Hands, then cast up the 3d Cu. and go the Figure through, then the 1st Cu. turn half round and lead to the Wall, then Hands half round, and right and left quite round.

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, turn single, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, hey, circular hey, cast and lead (and probably others).

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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 © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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