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Title: The Fair African
Description: Longways Country Dance, duple minor

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2:8:The first lady changes places with the second man, then 1.5 two hand turn home^18:8:The first man changes places with the second lady, then 1.5 two hand turn home^34:8:The first couple join hands and slip down the middle and return to second place, the second couple move up^50:8:The first couple allemande^66:8:All four join hands and circle half around, then back again^74:8:Swap diagonals at the top passing near shoulder each time; begin with the first man and second lady, the couples passing back-to-back^90:0:Repeat whole dance from progressed position^

 

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This dance is reconstructed from an authentic source as noted above, but you might encounter it being taught in a different fashion. Popular dances were often published more than once, sometimes with different figures, or even with different tunes; our version is faithfully reconstructed and historically informed, but alternative arrangements can be equally satisfying


Further Information:

 
Source: Campbell's 24th Book of New and Favorite Country Dances & Strathspey Reels
Authority: Campbell, William
Year: 1809 circa
Tune: The Fair African
 
 
 



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