The Fast Packet is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Bob Lilley in 1998 and published in Bob Lilley's Nightmarish (and Other) Dances. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: D Major.
The Fast Packet is not a packet boat carrying mail, but a modern internet packet carrying e-mail, the devisor having worked on packet switching code.
The tune is a traditional one. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album A New English Ball. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
The animation plays at 150 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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: circle, poussette, arming (and probably others).
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The dance is copyright © 1998 by Bob Lilley. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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