The Busie Body

The Busie Body is an English Country Dance. It was devised by John Essex in 1710 and published in For the Furher Improvement of Dancing. It was interpreted by Philippe Callens in 2011 and published in Seasons of Invention. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Easy / Intermediate.

Essex describes this dance with diagrams which I shall not reproduce, you may find them on page 44 (and following) of For the Further Improvement of Dancing.

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.

The dance contains the following figures: turn single, circle, cast, lead (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. The interpretation is copyright © 2011 by Philippe Callens. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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