The Nut ~ Williams

The Nut ~ Williams The Nut

The Nut ~ Williams is an old Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by Lowe in about 1831 and published in Lowes' Ball-Conductor and Assembly Guide, Edinburgh. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2023. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

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.

If you look at other dances by the Lowes you will find that "down the middle and up" is progressive, and "poussette" is not. This is at variance with the RSCDS which does the reverse, but is quite in keeping with 19th century dances.

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.

The dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

1-4M1+L2 right hand turn
5-6M1 retains L2's hand, joins with M2, balance in line
7-8L1 goes under the men's arch, M1 follows her
9-161s go down the middle, turn, come back to 2nd place as 2s lead up
17-24Poussette, 1st corner positions push

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