The Tunbridge Reel

The Tunbridge Reel is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1796 in Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1796. It was interpreted by A. Simons (mod) in about 1990 and published in Kentish Hops. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

I have changed this. Simons has the 1s crossing and going below, followed by the 1s doing 5 changes of a circular hey (in 4 bars) while the 2s only do 4 changes.

I don't like this. I don't like fitting 5 changes into 4 bars. I think it is better for the 1s to do a two hand turn half after the cross go below, and then everyone does a normal four changes.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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), lead, hey, circular hey, cross go below (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 © ~1990 by A. Simons (mod). My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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