The Mad Dog

The Mad Dog is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1818 and published in Le Sylphe, London. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Wilson writes:

Whole figure at top lead down the middle up again & half poussette with top Cu: .
Set & half right & left with the 2d. Cu: set & back again cross over 2 Cu: cross up one Cu: half figure round the top Cu: & lead outsides

(published by Brutton and Whitaker)

Wilson usually gives multiple figures for a dance name, often one for 16 bars and one for 32, which he calls SINGLE and DOUBLE. This is the SINGLE figure.

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.

A1-81s full figure eight down around the 2s
B1-41s, lead down, turn, lead back
5-8Half poussette, 1st corners push

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