Room for Ramblers

Room for Ramblers is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1712, London. It was interpreted by Chip & Fran Hendrickson in 1984. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 28 bars.

Walsh writes:

Note: The first Strain twice and the last once

All four lead up, and back again, the 2. cupple go round the first cupple into their own places at the same time the first cupple turn hands the first cupple cast off, go the half figure through the 2. cupple, into the 2 cupples place, the 2. man and 2. wo. change place at the same time (the first cupple being in the 2. cupples place improper) the first man change with the 2. wo. then the 2. man change with the first wo. lead to the wall, back again, the first cupple cast off

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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, figure eight, lead and cast (and probably others).

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.

If you wish to link to this animation please see my comments on the perils of youtube. You may freely link to this page, of course, and that should have no problems, but use one of my redirects when linking to the youtube video itself:

< Prev Top Next >

The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1984 by Chip & Fran Hendrickson. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This website is copyright © 2021,2022,2023,2024 by George W. Williams V
Creative Commons License My work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Most of the dances have more restrictive licensing, see my notes on copyright, the individual dance pages should mention when some rights are waived.