The Dancing Wife is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Gary Roodman (website) in 1992 and published in Additional Calculated Figures. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
The tune is Pell Mell first found in Playford's Dancing Master of 1679, and performed by MGM (Mary Lea, Gene Murrow and Margaret Ann Martin) & Reunion (Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm and Jonathan Jensen) on the album New Friends.
The animation plays at 111 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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, cast, lead, rights and lefts, lead and cast (and probably others).
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The dance is copyright © 1992 by Gary Roodman. 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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