Argeers

Argeres

The Wedding Night

Argeers or Argeres is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a Facing Couples dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 96 bars. It is in the key: B flat major.

Playford writes:

Meet all, take each others wo. by both hands, to slips to the left, and two to the right, change places, turn your own once and a half Meet again, turn each others wo. to your places, turn your own Men change places, we. change places, set and turn S. we. change places, men change places, set and turn S.

Lead each others wo. to the left hand, fall a D. back, and turn your own Back, all meet again, set and turn S. Men go to the right hand and back again, the we. going to the left, turn each others wo. meet and back, men go the S. Hey to your places

Put each others so. back by both hands, slip to the right hand, fall down on the contrary side, set and turn S. Slip betweeen each other to your place, put them backward and forward by both hands, set and turn S. One man cast off with the co. wo. the other following, then they cast off the other way, the other following, to your places Then half the S. Hey, your own, fall all abreast to the presence

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

The animation plays at 113 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-4Forward a double, take two hands with opposite, slip away and back, pass opposite right to face partner
5-8Partner two hand turn once and a half
I.A21-4Opposite two hand turn once and a half while moving clockwise to original place
5-8Partner two hand turn once
I.B11-2Men change as women balance back
3-4Women change
5-8Partner set and turn single
I.B21-2Women change as men balance back
3-4Men change
5-8Partner set and turn single
II.A11-4Lead opposite out a double, fall back and face partner
5-8Partner two hand turn
II.A21-4Fall back with partner and come forward
5-8Partner set and turn single, end facing opposite
II.B11-2Four slip steps, men right, women left, women in front
3-4Four slip steps back
5-8Two hand turn opposite
II.B21-8Women forward to meet and fall back as men figure 8 beginning counter-clockwise around opposite
III.A11-4Half poussette with opposite, men push
5-8Partner set and turn single
III.A21-4Half poussette with opposite, men push
5-8Partner set and turn single
III.B11-4M1+W2 cast, partners follow, loop away and back home
5-8W1+M2 cast, partners follow, loop away and back home
III.B21-4Face opposite, two changes of a circular hey
5-6Two hand turn partner to end in a line facine presence, 2s on left
7-8Step forward and honour presence

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