The Festival

The Festival is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Longman & Broderip in 1790 and published in Twenty-Four Country Dances for the year 1790. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Longman & Broderip write:

The 1st. Gent set to the 2d. Lady and hands three round then Lady do the same lead down the middle, up again and cast off and Allemand

The only vexing question is: Whom does M1 circle three with? Presumably W2 is involved, but is the third W1 or M2? Since W1 has her own turn comeing up I presume it is M2.

A slighter niggle is: Which of the many different "Allemand"s do they mean. It needs to fit into 8 bars, while the standard Regency Allemand takes 4. But if you go back with the left, then it fits in 8.

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 dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-4M1 set twice to W2
5-8M1+2s circle three
A21-4W1 set twice to M2
5-8W1+2s circle three
B11-81s lead down, turn alone, lead back and cast off into 2nd place as the 2s lead up
B21-41s regency allemande right...
5-8...and back to the left

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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