Ruffs and Rhees

Ruffs and Rhees is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Ignatius Sancho in 1779 and published in Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1779. Set for the Harpsichord, London. It was interpreted by Garth Notley in about 2015. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Sancho writes:

Change sides back again lead down two Cu. up again and cast off Le Prussett or the first and second Cu. move intirely round each other till they arrive at proper places

The music consists of three 4 bar strains.

The only difficulty is that Sancho provides 4 bars to Change sides, Garth Notley solves this by introducing a turn single left.

Earliest use of the word Poussette in a country dance that I know of.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: cast, lead, poussette, down the middle and back (and probably others).

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