The Fair Emigrant

Mrs. Dawson's Delight

The Fair Emigrant or Mrs. Dawson's Delight is an American Country Dance. It was devised by Hezekiah Cantelo in 1785 and published in Twenty Four American Country Dances danced by the British during their Winter Quarters at Philadelphia, New York, & Charles Town. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 64 bars.

Cantelo writes:

First Lady foot it & turn the 2d. Gen: — First Gen: Ditto with the 2d. Lady — Gallop down two Couple & foot it — Go up one Cu: — & turn — foot it & half turn with the right hand — Ditto with the left hand — foot it 6 in hand — go the compleat round to the Right —

I make no attempt to match the music to the instructions. The music has four 4 bar strains, all repeated. The instructions are for 64 bars.

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 interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-8W1+M2 foot it (set forward twice) and two hand turn
A21-8M1+W2 foot it and two hand turn
B11-41s gallop down passing two couples
5-8... and foot it
B21-41s slip up to 2nd place as 2s lead up
5-81s two hand turn
C11-41s foot it (set twice) to partner
5-8Right hand balance and right turn half
C21-41s foot it (set twice) to partner
5-8Left hand balance and left turn three quarters (falling back between end couples)
D11-4Lines of three across, set twice, 1s finishing in progressed places
5-8Lines of three on the sides, set twice
D21-8Circle six right

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