The Queen's Birthday ~ Callens

The Queen's Birthday ~ Sharp The Queen's Birthday ~ Callens

The Queen's Birthday ~ Callens is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1703 in The Dancing Master, 12th ed.. It was interpreted by Philippe Callens in 2002 and published in Belgian Boutades. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The first Man turn the second Woman with the RIght-hand, then turn the second Man with his Left, then to his own Place · The first Woman turn the second Man with her Right-hand, and the second Woman with her Left, the to her own Place : Then cross over the second Couple, then Figure through the fist Couple, and turn in the second Couples Place.

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), figure eight (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 itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2002 by Philippe Callens. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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