Another Nancy's Fancy

The Lang Staff

Another Nancy's Fancy or The Lang Staff is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Pat Shaw in 1976 and published in Pat Shaw's Pinewoods. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 36 bars.

Nancy's Fancy is the name of a dance which Cecil Sharp recorded and published in The Country Dance Book Part 1 in 1909. The dance being one of the few Country Dances still being danced in England at that time.

An alternative interpretation is that this is a dance for another Nancy (Nancy Langstaff of Pinewoods).

The tune was composed by Pat Shaw for the dance and shares the name. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Modern Treasures. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 95 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, gypsy, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, hey, circular hey, lead and cast (and probably others).

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The dance is copyright © 1976 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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