Apley House ~ Pat Shaw

Apley House ~ Pat Shaw Apley House ~ Sharp Apley House ~ Playford Ball

Apley House ~ Pat Shaw is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1702 in Twenty Four New Country Dances, London. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1960 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars. It is in the key: G major.

Playford writes:
The two men take hands and fall back, and turn single; the women do the same: Hands a-cross half round, and turn single. The second couple being in the first place, cast off, and the other couple follow and lead up a-breast, the first couple cross over into the second couples place, the second couple lead up and cross over into their own places.

Pat Shaw's interpretation is very similar to Cecil Sharp's. I note two changes. The first is in B1, Sharp says "all turn single" and Shaw says "...and turn single (Men to right and Women to left)". The second is in C2 Sharp says "First man and first woman cast down into second place, cross over and change places; while second man and second woman lead up into first place, cross over and change places" and Shaw "1st couple cross over with partner, passing right shoulcers, and move down to progressed places, while 2nd couple lead up with left hands turning half way round into progressed places" (which is closer to the original).

Music performed by Brett Larsen.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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: turn single, cast, lead, hands across, lead and cast, bend the line, cross go below (and probably others).

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