The Happy Conclusion

The Happy Conclusion is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1715 in Twenty four new Country Dances for the Year 1715, London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2017 and published in Elephants Stairs. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Walsh writes:

Note: Each strain twice.

The 1st. cu. lead through the 2d. cu. and go the outside below the 3d. cu. and lead through the 3d. cu. and go the outside of the 2d. cu. into their own places again. the 2d. cu. cast up and lead down between the 1st. cu. and go on the outside below the 3d. cu. and slip up the middle into their own places again then the 1st. man change places with the 2d. wo. and the 1st. wo. with the 2d. man, the 1st. cu. cast up the 2d. cu. lead down, and turn all four into your own places then right hands and left quite round, the 1st. cu. turn both hands down the middle, and the 2d. cu. cast up at the same time

Probably a triple minor originally.

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: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, hey, circular hey (and probably others).

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