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Terry's Triad

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Published on Jan 13, 2016

Terry's Triad is a 3-couple longways set in waltz time that Fried Herman wrote for the British musician and tunesmith Terry Willetts. As Fried told the story, Terry was ill and so she rushed the completion of the dance at the end of 2002 in time for him to see it at Christmas. He passed away the next year.

This performance of the dance, done at the 2015 New Year's Dance in Westchester, NY, has many fine points to recommend it. I was delighted to see how the dancers took hands in the hands-4 and hands-6 without looking back, something Fried was very insistent on. Partly for this reason, the circles look very good. At the opening of the A1, partners set in place and used the turn single to open up the set in anticipation of the gates. Partners being gated looked at each other, and the gypsies were wide, as the music demands. Also, as the bottom man or top woman led their partners around the set, they looked back at them in the friendly way that enhances the social connection of the move.

If you are looking for a set dance in waltz time to sweeten your program, you hardly need look further than Terry's Triad, published in Serendipity. The Flying Romanos loved the tune. (I hope your band does too.) I am very grateful to them for their fine playing for this dance and to the dancers, who helped bring this tender composition to life. --Paul Ross

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