Roger de Coverley

Roger de Coverley is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1809 and published in Treasures of Terpsichore, 1st edition, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Presumably this is an early version of Sir Roger de Coverley/Viginia Reel.

Wilson writes:
Cast off two couple and up again ··, down the middle, up again, right and left ··, and swing corners ··.

Wilson has a surprising description of right and left (see pages 39-44 of Wilson's An Analysis of Country Dancing, 1808 where he defines it to mean: "2nd corner places change by left shoulders, 1st corner places right, 2nd corners change back by left, 1st corners by right."

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 dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

1-81s cast, go down the outside, turn and come back
9-121s lead down, turn and lead back to 2nd place as 2s move up
13-16M1+W2 change left, W1+M2 right, M1+W2 left, W1+M2 right (all back where they started)
17-20Swing corners: 1s right turn 1st corner
21-241s left turn partner once and a bit
25-281s right turn 2nd corner
29-321s left turn partner once and a bit to finish 2nd place proper

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