Broom, The Bonny, Bonny Broom ~ Sharp

Broom, The Bonny, Bonny Broom ~ Pat Shaw Broom, The Bonny, Bonny Broom ~ Sharp

Broom, The Bonny, Bonny Broom ~ Sharp 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 proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars. It is in the key: F major.

Playford writes:
Lead up all a D. forward and back, the first four cast off and come to your places, the last four do the like Lead down, and as much First and 3. cu. meet and go back, hands and go round ·: The other four as much
Sides all, set and turn S. That again The two first men hands and change places, the last two men change, we. doing the same, set and turn S. All that again ·:
Sides all, set and turn S. That again The 2. and 3. on each side lead to each wall, while the first cu. lead up, and the last lead down; change hands and meet; hands all and half round ·: All that again

The tune published by Playford has the A tune repeated 4 times in each part of the dance (and no B tune). Phil Merrill has written a B tune for it. So the music here is AABB repeated 3 times. 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 94 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-4Up a Double, and back
5-8Top two couples face up, bottom two down, cast to middle, lead to places
I.A21-4Down a Double, back
5-8Top two couples face up, bottom two down, cast to middle, lead to places
I.B11-81s face 3s, forward a double to meet, fall back, circle four, fall back to places as 2s move out of the way
I.B21-82s face 4s, forward a double to meet, fall back, circle four, fall back to places as 3s move out of the way
II.A11-4Swirly Siding
5-8Set and turn single
II.A21-4Swirly Siding
5-8Set and turn single
II.B11-2Top couples neighbor two hand turn half
3-4Bottom couples neighbor two hand turn half
5-8Set and turn single
II.B21-8That again: two hand turn half, set and turn single
III.A11-4Right Arming
5-8Set and turn single
III.A21-4Left Arming
5-8Set and turn single
III.B11-2Top couple lead up a double, bottom couple down a double, middle men/middle women out a double
3-4Turn alone and lead back
5-8Circle eight half
III.B21-8That again: lead away, back, circle eight half

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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