Sicilian Dance

Sicilian Dance is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1816 and published in A Companion to the Ball Room. It was interpreted by Ken Sheffield (website) in 1982 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 1. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Wilson writes:

SINGLE FIGURE Tune played straight thro

Cast off 2 Cu: & back again cross over one Cu: half figure round the 3d. Cu: turn corners & lead outsides

OR THUSHands across with the 2d. Cu: & back again promenade 3 Cu: whole poussette & whole figure contrary corners

OR THUSCross over 2 Cu: set & change places with 3d. Cu: the double triangle & set contrary corners

Sheffield never says when the 1s become proper in B, just that they end proper. The left hand star won't make them proper, nor will the setting bofore that So they must become proper at the end of the figure eight. Which means the subsequent setting will be on the diagonal.

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 Ken Sheffield (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.

A1-41s cross, go below as 2s move up
5-81s cross, go below next 2s as they move up
B1-41s set to the couple above and change places with them, men right, women left
5-8Circle left four with original neighbors
C1-81s cross right, turn left (man up, lady down) and figure eight, man left shoulder around neighbor, woman left around next neighbor, then right around the other
D1-4M1 set twice to W2 as W1 set to next M2
5-8Man up, woman down, left hands across

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.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1982 by Ken Sheffield. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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