The Disbanded Officer is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thompshon in 1787 and published in Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol 5. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2023. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Lead down 2 Cu: and ballance Allemand Up again and ballance Allemand The 3 1st. Cus. ballance all round Cast off. Right and Left
I'm never sure what is meant by "Allemand" as there seem so many different version. I'm using what I think was common at the time.
What does the 3 1st. Cus. ballance all round mean? It seems to take 8 bars and presumably uses some sort of setting as well as a circle involving the 3 active couples. I shall use a figure found in the Scottish dance The Poppy and the Thistle. I'm sure it's not what the Thompsons intended, but it will do.
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.
The dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
|A1||1-2||1s lead down, and face|
|5-8||1s Regency Allemande right|
|A2||1-2||1s lead up to places, and face|
|5-8||1s Regency Allemande left|
|B1||1-2||Circle six left...|
|5-6||Circle six right...|
|B2||1-2||1s cast down as 2s lead up|
|3-8||Face partner four changes of rights and lefts (3 steps per change)|
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