Mr. Handel's Gigue is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Gary Roodman (website) in 1987 and published in Calculated Figures. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
The tune was composed by G.F. Handel and is simply called Country Dance. It was performed by Cilantrio (Karen Axelrod, Kate Barnes and Mary Lea) on the album Mr. Roodman's Fancies. A copy of the album was given to me by Mr. Roodman and is used with his permission.
The animation plays at 113 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), hey, mirror hey, siding (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.
The dance is copyright © 1987 by Gary Roodman. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2018 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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