The Convention

The Convention is . It was published by John Griffiths in 1794 in A Collection of the Newest Cotillions and Country Dances. It was interpreted by James E. Morrison in 1976 and published in Twenty Four Early American Country Dances, Cotillions & Reels for the Year 1976. It is a Square dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a multipart dance. The dance lasts 640 bars.

Griffiths writes:

All round, first and opposite couples, balance in the middle, set and turn contrary partners, and retreat to your places, the other two couples do the same, chasse all eight and turn the lady to your right quite round chasse back to your places and turn the lady to your left, then form two lines long way four each side balance, cross hands four, each corners, balance again, and cross hands back, and come to your former places.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, hands across, rights and lefts (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1976 by James E. Morrison. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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