The Eliza

The Eliza is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Cahusac in 1790 and published in Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1790. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1980 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 6. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Cahusac writes:

The 1st. Gent: turn his Partr. with the right hand turn the 2d. Lady with the left hand the 1st. Lady at the same time turn the 2d. Gent: with the left hand Turn the same with the right hand and turn Partr. with your left hand Cross over one Cu. Right and left at top

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: hand turn (allemande), lead, hey, 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 © 1980 by Bernard Bentley. 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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