A New and Awful Dignity

A New and Awful Dignity is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Gary Roodman in 2012 and published in A Group of Calculated Figures. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 16 bars.

The seventieth birthday! It is the time of life when you arrive at a new and awfl dignity: when you may throw aside the decent reserves which have oppressed you for a generation and stand unafraid and unabashed upon your seven-terraced summit and look down and teach — unrebuked

— Mark Twain

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), turn single, circle, lead, hands across, hey, parallel hey, hey for three, rights and lefts (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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