The Flowers of Edinburgh ~ A. Thompson, Duple is an American Country Dance. It was devised by Aaron Thompson in about 1780 and published in Aaron Thompson's Commonplace Book. It was interpreted by Kate van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet in 1976 and published in A Choice Selection of American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
This appears to be a variation of "Flowers of Endinburgh" found in William Rebbeck, 1788 (London, I think). A different figure, of the same name appeared in Thompson, Vol. 1, 1757.
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 dance contains the following figures: circle, cast, lead, figure eight, rights and lefts, lead and cast (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1976 by Kate van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet. 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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