Apley House ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1702 in Twenty Four New Country Dances. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars. It is in the key: G major.
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.
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.
|A1||1-4||Two men join hands, fall back a double, come forward turning single right|
|A2||1-4||Women, the same|
|B1||1-2||Right hands across star, half|
|3-4||Face partners and turn single|
|B2||1-4||2s cast down to meet in the center, as the 1s lead and cast onto the ends of a line of 4|
|C||1-4||Up a double, and back bending the line (everyone unprogressed, improper)|
|5-8||1s cast down and partner change as 2nd man leads partner up and across|
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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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