The Butterfly

The Butterfly is an English Country Dance. It was published by English Traditional in about 1909 in The Country Dance Book (Part 1). It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1909. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Sharp says that partners should hold a handkerchief (or two tied together) between them in their right hands. Presumably in this dance it is only for the dip and dive sequence and the rest of the time the man carries it (as in Ribbon Dance), but that isn't specified.

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.

A11-4Right hands across...
5-8... and left hands back
B1-41s make an arch, 2s duck under, then 2s make an arch and 1s duck under
5-8That again
A21-8Partner swing, half-way around the minor set, counter-clockwise to progress

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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