Three Coney Walk ~ A. Shaw

Number Three ~ A. Shaw

Three Coney Walk ~ Bentley Three Coney Walk ~ A. Shaw

Three Coney Walk ~ A. Shaw or Number Three ~ A. Shaw is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed.. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2017. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. It is a triple progression dance. The dance lasts 48 bars.

Three Coney Walk is a triple progression triple minor dance. For those of us used to single progression this has the rather odd effect that no one is ever out at the top. At the bottom the same number of people will be out each time through the dance. Normally when looking at a triple progression dance you will see all the end effects as you cycle through the minor set 3 times, but here the end effects depend on the initial number of dancers. So I have created 3 different animations to show the end effects.

When one couple is out at the bottom it must be prepared to play the role of 2s and do three changes of rights and lefts at the end of the minor set.

When two couples are at the bottom they must dance with a ghost third couple except that the 1s do not do the last two calls (the cast to bottom and the rights and lefts). Instead they will become 2s in the next minor set.

Playford writes:

Note: The first Strain twice and the last but once, then each strain once over again; then the first once again: Then the same all over again.
The first Man cast off, and turn the third Woman, and cast up into his own place again · The first Woman cast off and turn the third Man : And fall in the middle of the third Couple: And the first Man between the second Couple: Then take Hands and meet all six abreast and the first Man turns his Partner · Then the first Man turns the third Woman with his Right-hand, and the Wo. turns the second Man at the same time; and then turn her Partner · Then the first Man and Woman turn the other two, and turn his Partner, the first Couple cast up a top Right-hands and Left half round into the second Couples 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts (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 © 2017 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2018 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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