All in a Garden Green ~ Playford

All in a Garden Green ~ Modern All in a Garden Green ~ Playford

All in a Garden Green ~ Playford is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Scott Pfitzinger (website) in about 2919. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 108 bars.

Playford writes:

Lead up all a D. forwards and back, set and turn S. That again First man shake his own wo. by the hand, then the 2. then the 3, by one hand, then the other, kiss her twice and turn her shake her by the hand, then the 2 then your own by one hand, then by the other, kiss her twice, and turn her

Sides all, set and turn S. That again This as before, the we. doing it

Arms all, set and turn S. That again This as before, the men doing it


The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The transcriptions and interpretations of Playford dances found on http://playforddances.com/ from the various editions of The Dancing Master are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

I.A11-4Up a double and back
5-8Set to partner and turn single right
I.A21-4Up a double, back (again)
5-8Set and turn single
I.B11-1M1 shake W1 by the hand
2-2M1 shake W2 by the hand (M2 moves up)
3-4M1 shake W3 by both hands (M3 moves up)
5-6M1 kiss W3 twice
7-10M1,W3 two hand turn
I.B21-1M1 shake W3 by the hand
2-2M1 shake W2 by the hand (M2 moves up)
3-4M1 shake W1 by both hands (M3 moves up)
5-6M1 kiss W1 twice
7-101s two hand turn
II.A11-4Right shoulder siding
5-8Set and turn single
II.A21-4Left shoulder siding
5-8Set and turn single
II.B11-1W1 shake M1 by the hand
2-2W1 shake M2 by the hand (M2 moves up)
3-4W1 shake M3 by both hands (M3 moves up)
5-6W1 kiss M3 twice
7-10W1,M3 two hand turn
II.B21-1W1 shake M3 by the hand
2-2W1 shake M2 by the hand (M2 moves up)
3-4W1 shake M1 by both hands (M3 moves up)
5-6M1 kiss M1 twice
7-101s two hand turn
III.A11-4Arm right
5-8Set and turn single
III.A21-4Arm left
5-8Set and turn single
III.B11-1M1 shake W1 by the hand
2-2M1 shake W2 by the hand (M2 moves up)
3-4M1 shake W3 by both hands (M3 moves up)
5-6M1 kiss W3 twice
7-10M1,W3 two hand turn
III.B21-1M1 shake W3 by the hand
2-2M1 shake W2 by the hand (M2 moves up)
3-4M1 shake W1 by both hands (M3 moves up)
5-6M1 kiss W1 twice
7-101s two hand turn

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