The Merry Conclusion

Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance

Prince and Princess/The Assembly

The Merry Conclusion or Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1716 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1716. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2000 and published in Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Kynaston writes:

Note: Each Strain twice.

The 1st. and 2d. cu. dance half round, clap all once and turn single then dance back again and do as before the 1st. cu. figure between the 2d. cu. and cross over below the 3d. cu. then figure between the 3d. cu. and cross over above the 2d. cu. the 1st. man dance to the 2d. wo. and turn her quite round the 1st. wo. and 2d. man do the same the 1st. and 2d. cu. dance to each other and change places. take hands and go half round, the 1st. cu. 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), 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 © 2000 by Andrew Shaw. 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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