Sir Roger de Coverly

Sir Roger de Coverly is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Wilson in 1816. It is a proper Longways as many as will dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 51234. The dance lasts 84 bars.

Sometimes called the Finishing Dance as it was often the last dance of the evening (See Fezziwig's ball in Dicken's A Christmas Carol). This later evolved into The Virginia Reel

Like the Virginia Reel there are many variants. This is simply one. If you don't like it there are plenty of others.

Like the Virginia Reel the dance is a longways set for a variable number of couples, usually between 4 and 8.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), 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.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. 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.

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