The First of April is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1780 in Twenty four Country Dances for the year 1780. It was interpreted by W. S. Porter, M. Heffer, A. Heffer in 1931 and published in The Apted Book of Country Dances. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.
The authors of the Apted book have no exact date for this dance, they estimate it comes from 1773. However it does exist in Thompson's Twenty four Country Dances for the year 1780.
Hands across back again Lead down the middle up again and cast off Hands 6 round
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.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
The dance contains the following figures: circle, cast, lead, hands across, lead and cast, down the middle and back (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1931 by W. S. Porter, M. Heffer, A. Heffer. 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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