Vaughan's Ramble ~ Sheffield

Vaughan's Ramble ~ Sheffield Vaughan's Ramble ~ A. Shaw

Vaughan's Ramble ~ Sheffield is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1711 and published in Walsh's Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1711. It was interpreted by Ken Sheffield (website) in 1995 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 7. 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.

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 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.

A11-4All, set and turn single
5-8M1,W3 pass opposite 2 by right shoulder in a hey for 3 on opposite sides
A11-4All, set and turn single
5-8W1,M3 pass opposite 2 by left shoulder in a hey for 3 on opposite sides
B11-21s cast down as 2s lead up, 1s end facing 1st corners
3-81s turn 1st corners right, partner left, 2nd corners right ending 2nd place improper
B21-2All fall back
3-41s cross and cast right finishing between end couples
5-6Lines of three across forward a single and fall back
7-81s two hand turn three quarters as others cross with neighbor

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1995 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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