The Belle of Amherst is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Gary Roodman in 2008 and published in Odd Calculated Figures. It is a 3 Couple Longways dance with the 2s improper. It is a mixer. The dance lasts 36 bars.
The tune, called Sophia was published in Musicalischer Tugendtspiegel by Erasmus Widmann in 1631. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Fast Friends. A copy of the album was given to me by Mr. Roodman and is used with his permission.
The animation plays at 91 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), circle (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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