Widows Shall All Have Husbands

Widows Shall All Have Husbands is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1713 in Twenty Four New Country Dances, For the Year 1713, London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2009 and published in Farnicle Huggy. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 28 bars.

Walsh writes:
The two first Couple lead to the Wall, back again The first Couple lead up, and the second down, back again The first Couple cross over, do the half Figure through the second Couple, turn Hands round The first Man turn the third Woman (at the same time) the first Woman turn the second Man, then turn his Partner, then the First Man turn the third Mand, and the first Woman thr the second Woman, and fall into the second Couples Place

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), set, lead, figure eight, cross go below (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2009 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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