Vaughan's Ramble

Vaughan's Ramble is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1711 and published in Walsh's Annual Collection of 1711. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2002 and published in The She Favourite. Found in The Playford Assembly. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Kynaston writes:

Note: Each Strain twice.

The 1st. and 2d. man figure through their partners set and cast off the 1st. and 2d. wo. go into their partners places, then the 1st. and 2d. man change place the 1st. and 2d. wo. do the same the 1st. cu. cast off and change place the 1st. man turn the 3d. man quite round the 1st. wo. turn the 2d. wo. at the same time & turn single ye 1st. man cross up ye 1st. wo. cross over below ye 3d. man at ye same time then set ye 1st. man cast off ye 1st. wo. cast up above ye 2d. wo.

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, turn single, cast, lead, figure eight, hands across (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2002 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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