Red-House ~ Cotton is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Fredrick Cotton in about 2000 and published in Colin Hume's Website. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 48 bars.
Colin Hume does not provide a date for this interpretation.
The 1. cu. meet and set, and cast off into the 2. cu. place Then meet and set again, and cast off into their own place The 1. man cast off below the 2. man, and go above the 2. wo. into the 2. man's place, his wo. folloing him at the same time Then the 2. wo. cast up above the 1. wo. and go below the 1. man into her own place, the 1. man following her at the same time Then the 1. cu. and 2. man go the Hey till they come into their own places Then the 1. cu. and 2. wo. go the Hey on the other side, and so cast off into the 2. cu. place
The tune was published by Playford with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
The animation plays at 115 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
The dance contains the following figures: set, cast, lead, hey (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 © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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