Promenheyde

Promenheyde is a New England Contra Dance. It was devised by George Williams in 2019. It was interpreted by Jacqui Grennan in about 0. It is a Four Face Four dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

This dance was inspired when Jacqui Grennan wondered if it were possible to rewrite the Scottish Country Dance John Cass into an English Country Dance. Basically that means removing the footwork, changing the music for a different tempo, and using the word "hey" instead of "reel". But about a week later I was out running and wondered if something could be done in a contra dance. You'd need a four-face-four dance to get enough people for the hey.

Then a bit later Jacqui was actually kind enough to call it and suggested a few changes, and added a few notes.

Most contra dancers aren't familar with the concept of changing leads (dolphin hey) so the dance that actually got danced had people promenading in couples through the hey. This doesn't justify a "Hey is for Humpbacks" title, so I gave it a new name...

Note The hey starts at the beginning of A2 with the couples on the right of each line stepping forward and left while those on the left step right

Note The hey takes 32 counts to dance, musically taking all of A2, crossing into B1 and taking all of it

Note B2: gents wait for the hey to finish before starting the star

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 dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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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