The Highlander's Wedding ~ Kennedy or The Wedding ~ Kennedy is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed., London. It was interpreted by Douglas & Helen Kennedy in 1929 and published in Country Dance Book, New Series. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 28 bars.
Note: The first Strain is to be play'd twice, the last but once.The First Man and second Woman dance round each other to places The first Woman and second Man do the same Right Hands and Left Sides half round, all turn single and dance round into your Places; The first Couple cast off
The Kennedies call this simply The Wedding, a name which is used only in the third volumn, in the second volumn it is called The Highlanders Wedding.
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: turn single, gypsy, cast, lead, rights and lefts (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1929 by Douglas & Helen Kennedy. 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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