The Barnes Book of English Country Dance Tunes, volume three, adds over 400 tunes to the collections in volumes one and two. The goal of this website is to provide information and instructions for all the dances in the third volume. Reaching this goal with a traditional publication would be an endless task. So I am instead taking an incremental approach and posting instructions for dances as they become available. The possibility to correct, amend, and expand is a welcome advantage of on-line publication.
The material in this project is available for personal use under the Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA). The dance instructions appear on this website with the permission of the choreographers and reconstructors or persons responsible for their estates. Other dances are listed with references to published sources for the instructions. The individual dances and tunes remain under the copyright of their choreographers and composers and may not be reprinted without their written permission.
This is a volunteer project with no source of income. So the only compensation offered to choreographers and reconstructors is references and links to the published source of the dance. You are encouraged to track down these publications for the full information and background on these dances.
Unless modified in the instructions, these conventions are to be followed.
|DML||duple-minor longways||2cL||two-couple longways|
|TML||triple-minor longways||3cL||three-couple longways|
|SC||Sicilian circle||4cL||four-couple longways|
|Cc||circle of couples||5cL||five-couple longways|
|i||top couple improper in each minor set|
|2i, 3i, 4i, etc.||indicated couple or couples improper|
|B||Becket formation (couples proper facing across the set)|
||challenging for advanced dancers
||challenging for experienced dancers
||a few points require care
||beginners will require help
Comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Let me know if you spot an error (from typographical to an incorrect or ambiguous instruction). I also appreciate receiving your ideas about improving these instructions in clarity, completeness, conciseness, or other ways. Contact me, Robert Messer, at email@example.com.