Young Damon's Flight

Young Damon's Flight is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1717 and published in Walsh's Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1717, London. 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 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Kynaston writes:

Each Strain twice.

The 1st. man take the 2d. man by his left hand lead him half round, take all four hands & go half round the 1st. set & cross over (the 1st. man below the 3d. cu. the 1st. wo. above the 2d. cu.) & go the hey with the 2d. & 3d. cu. the 1st. cu, fall back the 1st. man cast up the 1st. wo. at the same time cast off the 1st. man figure through the 2d. cu. the 1st. wo. at the same time figure through the 3d. cu. & turn in the 2d. cu. place proper

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, turn single, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, hey (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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