Tomson's Whim is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1718 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1718. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2006 and published in Emperor of the Moon. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.
The 1st. and 2d. cu. go half round and turn partners then back again and turn the 1st. cu. go the whole Hey, sides with the 2d. and 3d. the 1st. cu. cast off, lead through the 3d. cu. and cast up into the 2d. 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.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, hey, mirror hey, lead and cast (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2006 by Andrew Shaw. 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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