The Monckton

British white Feathers

The Monckton ~ Duple The Monckton

The Monckton or British white Feathers is an American Country Dance. It was devised by Hezekiah Cantelo in 1785 and published in Twenty Four American Country Dances danced by the British during their Winter Quarters at Philadelphia, New York, & Charles Town. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 48 bars.

Cantelo writes:

First Lady foots it with the 2d. Gen: and turns him to the Right · 1st. Gen: Ditto with the 2d. Lady Gallop down two Couple and foot it · Gallop up and cast off Four hands the round with the 3d. Couple · Right and Left at the top

The only difficulty in interpretation is in C1 which consists of a circle four that is supposed to take 8 bars. I presume this means a circle left followed by a circle right.

Monckton is a city in the Maritime Provinces. Or a place in Yorkshire.

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 dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4W1+M2 foot it (set forward twice)
5-8...and right hand turn
A21-4M1+W2 foot it
5-8...and right hand turn
B11-41s gallop down passing two couples
5-8... and foot it
B21-41s gallop up
5-81s long cast down as 2s wait and lead up
C11-41s+3s circle left...
5-8...and back to the right
C21-82s+1s face partner, four changes of rights and lefts

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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