The Nut

The Nut ~ Williams The Nut

The Nut is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by J. P. Boulogne in 1827 in The Ball-Room, or the Juvenile Pupil's Assistant; Containing the Most Fashionable Quadrilles, with Les Lanciers of Sixteen, As Danced in the Public & Private Assemblies in Paris, Glasgow. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1924 and published in RSCDS Book 1. It is J8×24 2C/4C, a proper Duple Minor dance. J24.

The Lowes write:

The first Gentleman turns the second Lady by the right hand, which he retains, and gives his left to the second Gentleman; the first Lady passes through below the Gentlemen's arms, and her partner following, they go down the middle, up again, and pousette.

Lady 1's path seems somewhat different in the Lowes' version than in the RSCDS's.

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.

1-4M1+L2 right hand turn
5-8M1 retains L2's hand, joins with M2, balance in line, as L1 dances right shoulder around M1 (under his joined hands)
9-161s lead down, turn, come back, ending in middle, 2s moving in behind them

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