The Topaz is an English Country Dance. It was published by Unknown in about 1800. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1968 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 3. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.
The provenance of this dance is lost; Bentley says it comes from the same place as The Physical Snob, "an undated book of unidentified origin." According to Christian in The Playford Assembley now even that unnamed book has been lost.
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: set, turn single, circle, cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts (and probably others).
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I do not have a publication date for the dance and not know whether it is under copyright or not. The interpretation is copyright © 1968 by Bernard Bentley. 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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