Amarillis

Amarillis is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1911. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 224 bars.

The one video I saw of this dance removed the twirl from the intro/closer and replaced it with the women setting and falling back (complementary to what the men did previously).

Playford writes:
Lead up, and back, that again : Then set to your own wo. fall back, and turn her about :
Cross over with your own wo. into the 2. place, the 2. cu. leading up between, the 2. cu. doing as much : The 1. man cross over with the 2. wo. the 1. wo. cross over with the 2. man, then take all hand and go quite round · Do this to the last.
The 2. cu. lead up and slide out from your own, fall back and slide in : The 1. man takes his wo. by the right hand and leads her into the 2. place, then cast off into their own places and meet, then cass off into the 2. place. Do this to the last ·

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 113 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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, circle, cast, lead, lead and cast (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 out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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