The Old World and the New

The Old World and the New is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Colin Hume (website) in 1992. It is a Square dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 168 bars. It is in the key: C Major. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

This dance uses Playford figures, but a modern North American square dance format. The old world, and the new.

The tune, Maid's Morris, was published by Playford in 1688 with the dance of the same name. The music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software

The animation plays at 113 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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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, hands across, hey, parallel hey, hey for four, siding, arming (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 is copyright © 1992 by Colin Hume. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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