The Ridicule — A Cotillion ~ Daye

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The Ridicule — A Cotillion ~ Daye is . It was devised by Skillern & Challoner in about 1808 and published in Country Dances, vol. 5. It was interpreted by Anne Daye in about 2017 and published in Colin Hume's Website. It is a Square dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 248 bars.

Colin Hume does not provide a date for this interpretation, merely that he saw it in 2017.

A Cotillion consists of five "changes" and a "figure". First you dance a "change", then the "figure", then the next "change", and the "figure" again, and so on. In this case only the "figure" is described in the instructions, so the "changes" must be guessed at.

Skillern & Challoner write:

The top and bottom Couples chasse into the opposite places and rigadoon, each Gent: and his Partner go back to back in each others places, lead up the middle and moulinet to their places, the side Couples do the same.

(This text is quoted from Colin Hume's website. I could not find the original myself.

This dance involves two figures which I am not familiar with, the "Rigadoon" and the "Step".

The "Rigadoon" takes two bars and can be replaced by setting (which is what I do here because the real figure involves movements of the feet which my animations do not capture), but an approximation to it is "jump on both feet, hop on the left whild sticking the right leg right, jump on both feet, hop on the right while sticking the left leg left", for more information see Colin Hume's website.

The "Step" takes 4 bars and can be replaced by setting twice, or by a set followed by a rigadoon, or Anne Daye suggests: "two pas balancés and a rigadoon", where a pas balancé is similar to a set.

The tune was published with the dance.

The animation plays at 109 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: set, circle, lead, hands across, hey, rights and lefts (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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