The Touchstone is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1780 in Twenty four Country Dances for the year 1780. It was interpreted by W. S. Porter, M. Heffer, A. Heffer in 1931 and published in The Apted Book of Country Dances. Found in The Playford Ball. Mentioned in the article A Trip to Netherfield. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate / Hard.
Hey contrary sides then the same on your own sides Hands 6 quote round Lead thrõ the 3d Cu and cast up one Lead thrõ the top and cast off
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.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, hey, mirror hey, siding (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1931 by W. S. Porter, M. Heffer, A. Heffer. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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