Tambourine Dance

Tambourine Dance is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1742. It was interpreted by Jacqueline Schwab in 1987. Found in The Playford Assembly. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Walsh writes:

Each Strain twice.

The 1st man sets to the 2d Wo. and turn single then swing round with her 2nd man and 1st Wo. do the same 1st and 2d men then fall back to the Wall and the two We. do the same at the same time. And change into their Partners Places all four fall back and change into their own Places then cast off and go the whole figure with the 3d Cu. and turn your Partner into her proper Place

Originally a triple minor.

Music performed by Frank Hoppe, Robert Winokur, and Susan McNeil.

The animation plays at 103 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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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), set, turn single, cast, lead, figure eight (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1987 by Jacqueline Schwab. 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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