A Trip to Virginia ~ Callens

A Trip to Virginia ~ Bentley A Trip to Virginia ~ Callens

A Trip to Virginia ~ Callens is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in about 1758 in Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances Vol. 8. It was interpreted by Philippe Callens in 2004 and published in Antwerp Antics. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

May be found in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library online collection: Johnson Vol. 8.

Johnson writes:

First and 2d. Cu. set and change Places the same back again 1st. Cu. cross over and turn lead thro' the 3d. Cu. cast up and turn set Corners and turn, that again hands 6 round lead up and cast off

Bentley replaces the final lead up and cast with a half figure eight. He does not specify "up through the 2s" nor "down through the 3s". Given that this is a replacement for "lead up" I assume the figure eight is up too.

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), set, circle, cast, lead, lead and cast (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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