The Black Dance

Blac Dans ~ Landrin Black Dance ~ Rutherford Black Dance ~ Straight and Skillern The Black Dance

The Black Dance is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1770 in Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1770, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS Book 12 in 1938 and published in RSCDS Book 12. It is R8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R32.

The RSCDS attributes this to David Rutherford, but it was actually published by John, and, in any case was published earlier with the same figure by Thompson.

Rutherford writes:

Turn right hands and then left lead you Partner down and bring up the third Wo. then the first and third Cu. turn right hands & then left lead the third Wo. down and your Partner up & cast off.

For once the RSCDS interpretation seems to match the original closely.

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: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead (and probably others).

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