The Russian Dance

The Russian Dance is an English Country Dance. It was devised by David Wall in 1775 and published in David Wall, his book. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1959 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Wall writes:

First man cast off and Change places with the 3 Lady — the Lady does the same with 3 Man — half right and left and bottom lead through the top and cast off — set sideways — swing corners — and swing your Partner

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), set, cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts, lead and cast, swing corners, siding (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 © 1959 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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