Tom Jones

Tom Jones is an English Country Dance. It was published by Gentlemen's Magazine in 1750. It was interpreted by Kathryn & David Wright in 1984. Found in The Playford Assembly. 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.

(Although originall in The Gentleman's Magazine I can't find a copy. This is Rutherford's version from 1759.

Rutherford writes:

Cast off & right Hands across with the 3d. Cu: up again & Left hands across with the 2d. Cu: Lead down one Cu: cast up & turn the 2d. Cu: the same Hands round 6 & back again Lead to the top foot it & cast off Right & Left at top

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, hands across, hey, circular hey (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 © 1984 by Kathryn & David Wright. 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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