The Lassies of Dunse ~ RSCDS

The Lasses of Dunce ~ RSCDS

The Lassies of Dunse ~ RSCDS or The Lasses of Dunce ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in 1742 in A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol. 2nd, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1955 and published in RSCDS Book 18. It is J8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. J32.

The RSCDS interpretation seems basically the same as the original.

RSCDS attributes this dance to David Rutherford, but Johnson published the same figure earlier. Unfortunately I can't find his work online so I provide a link to Rutherford.

Both Johnson and Rutherford spell the title as "The Lasses of Dunce".

Rutherford writes:
The first Man Cast of and the second Woman Casts up at the same time, and turns The second Man and first Woman does the same Lead Down two Couple foot it and half Figure with the third Couple Lead up to the top foot it and half Figure with the second Couple

Some sources say the 1s "lead" down (and up) while others say they "dance". This animation follows the ones which say "dance".

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, figure eight (and probably others).

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