The Merry Companion

The Merry Companion is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed.. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1965. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain twice.

The first Couple cast off and turn Hands round all four, and back again with the 3d. Couple into the 2d. Couples place · The 2d. Couple do the same : Then the 1st Couple being at top cast off and turn hands, sides half round, and back again into the 2d Couples place· The other two do the same, which grings them into the 2.d Couple place, the 1st Couple cast off ··

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), circle, cast, lead (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1965 by Bernard Bentley. 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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