Willie with his Tartan Trews ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by Johnson in 1750 and published in A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol. 5th. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1947 and published in RSCDS Book 14. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. J40
Johnson published this in his 5th volume of Country Dances (1750), and Rutherford published essentially the same figure in 1759. Both Johnson and Rutherford spell this dance as "Willie with his tartan Trues". The RSCDS credits this dance to Rutherford
Hey Contrary sides Hey on your Own sides Cross over two Couple Lead up to Top, foot it And Cast off Foot it Corners & turn Foot it the Other Corners & turn Lead out Each side & turn your Partner ·
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, cast, lead, hey, parallel hey, lead and cast (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1947 by RSCDS. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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