Alice Marley

Alice Marley is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in 1750 in A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol. 5. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1968 and published in Another Look at Playford. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 48 bars.

Johnson writes:
The 1st. Man sett to the 2d. Wo. and turn her the 1st. Wo. does the same foot it and Hands across the same back again Cross over two Cu. Lead up to the Top foot it and cast off

Originally a triple minor.

Pat Shaw does not say explicitly when the 2s are to move up, but he does have the 1s leading up to their original places in C2, which implies that the 2s are not in those place, and therefore that they must move up on the final cast.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. 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), set, cast, lead, hands across (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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1968 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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