The Spanish Dance

The Spanish Dance is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thomas Hillgrove in 1857 in The Scholar's Companion and Ball-Room Vade-Mecum. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Hillgrove and De Garmo say The Spanish Dance may be danced either longways or in a circle.

But The Ball-Room Instructer (sic), published in New York, 1841 only describes a longways format, suggesting that the idea of a circle evolved between 1841 and 1857.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-2Forward and back with partner
3-4Forward with partner, rotate a quarter, and back with opposite
5-8That again: Forward and back with opposite, forward, rotatate, then back with partner
A21-8Twice more, everyone ending where they started
B11-4Right hands across (gentlemen's hands on top)
5-8and left hands back
B21-8Promenade once and a half around the minor set to face a new couple

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