Valenciennes is an English Country Dance. It was published by Preston in 1794 in Twenty four Country Dances for the year 1794. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in about 1965 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
The 1st. Lady set to the 2d. Gentn. & turn the 3d. Gentn. The 1st. Gentn. set to the 2d. Lady and turn the 3d. Lady Lead down the middle up again · Le Poussette with the top Cu. ··
This interpretation is undated, but presumably was done around the 1960s.
Valenciennes is a town in France near the border with Belgium.
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.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, lead, poussette (and probably others).
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