Trusty Dick

Trusty Dick is an English Country Dance. It was published by Wright in 1740 in Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, Vol. 1. It was interpreted by Ken Sheffield (website) in 1982 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 1. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Wright writes:

Each strain twice.

The 1st Cu. clap Hands and cast off and turn The 2d Cu. do the same then the 1st Cu. Cross over and single figure then Right and Left quite round

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 dances of Ken Sheffield (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-11s clap own hands, wait a beat, partner's right
2-21s cast down as 2s lead up
3-41s turn single away
A21-12s clap own hands, wait a beat, partner's right
2-22s cast down as 1s lead up between 2s
3-42s turn single away into a line of four across facing neighbor
B11-8Pass neighbor right, full hey for four across, all ending home
B21-42nd corners change, 1st corners change
5-8Face neighbor, three changes of rights and lefts

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1982 by Ken Sheffield. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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