The Whim

The Whim is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:
The two men take hands and fall back, the two we. do the same at the same time, and change places, which makes the men improper; then take hands and fall back as before, and change into their own sides, which makes the men proper as at first The two men go back to back, the two we. do the same at the same time, all four turn S. then right and left with your Partners, the the 1. cu. come into the 2. cu. place

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.

A11-2Fall back with neighbor
3-6Change with partner
A21-2Fall back with neighbor
3-6Change with partner
B11-4Neighbor back to back
5-6Turn single
B21-6Facing partner, three changes of rights and lefts

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