The Knott ~ 3 Couple is an English Country Dance. It was published by John & William Neal in 1726 in A Choice Collection of Country Dances. It was interpreted by Rich Jackson & George Fogg in 1990. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 48 bars.
The Neals write:
1st cu:cross over 2d cu: cross over again beyond 3d cu:
Lead through to the top, cast off round 2d cu then lead through 3d cu: going round them into 2d cu: place:
1st man turn 2d wo:wth his right hand his partner ye same at ye same time with 3d man meet and turn her with ye left hand, in 2d cu: place:
1st ma:turn 3d wo: wth his right hand; his partner ye same at ye same time with 2d man:meet and turn yer with ye left hand:
1st ma: hands half round with 2d cu: his partner ye same at ye same time with 3d cu: meet and turn her with ye left hand:
1st man hands half round with 3d cu: his partner ye same at ye same time with 2d cu: meet and turn her with both hands:
Playford published a dance with the same tune (he spelt "knot" with one "t" though) in 1686. The figure evolved considerably over the next 40 years.
First man and 1. wo. cross over into the 2. cu place, and go the Figure through the 2. cu. into their own places again, then they cross over below the 3. cu. and go the Figure, and the 1. man turn the 3. wo. and the 1. so. turn the 3. man, and then turn their own then 1. man turn the 2. wo. and 1. wo: the 2. mann, then all four take left hands and turn half round into their places again; The the other cu. do the same over. This to the tune played once over.
Then the 1. man and 1. wo: cast off into the next cu. places, and lead through them round into the their places again, then cast off and lead through them again, and turn his own, then 1. man turn the 2. wo. and 1. wo. the 2 man, and then each turn his own half round into their places again; The rest do the same over.
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), circle, cast, lead, cross go below (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1990 by Rich Jackson & George Fogg. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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