Rigadoon

Rigadoon is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1690 in The Dancing Master, 8th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1985 and published in Retreads Vol.1. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

The first man turn his own Partner round by the right-hand, and then turn the 2. man with the left till he comes to his own place, then the 1. man turn his own Partner again by the right-hand, and then the 1 wo. the 2. by the left. The 1. cu. cross over below the 2. cu. and go the Figure, then take hands and lead through below the 3. cu. and cast up into the 2. cu. place, and then turn your Partner

Originally a triple minor.

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 Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-41s+3s partner right hand turn
5-8M1+M2, W3+W2 left hand turn
A21-41s+3s partner right hand turn
5-8W1+W2, M3+M2 left hand turn
B11-41s cross, go below as 2s half two hand turn and lead up
5-81s cross up, as 2s cast down half double figure eight
9-12All face down, 3s, followed by others, cast up to invert the set
13-16All partner two hand turn

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1985 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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