The Ladies Joy is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Cahusac in 1788 and published in Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1788. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1977 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 5. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Allemand with the right hand then the left. lead down the middle up again, the Lady at top the Gentn. at Bottom Set 3 and 3 and turn your Partner. Six hands round.
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.
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 © 1977 by Bernard Bentley. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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