The Free Mason

The Free Mason is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1778 in Twenty four Country Dances for the year 1778. 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 Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 64 bars.

Thompson writes:
The 3d Gent: lead round the 3d. Lady · the 3d. lady do the same ·· lead down & up & Cast off · Allmand Right hand and then Left ·· Set 3 & 3 Bottom and Top and turn your partner · then sides ·· ballance 3 Cu:& turn half round · ballance again & turn proper ··

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: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast, lead (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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