Catching of Fleas

Catching of Fleas is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a USA dance. The minor set lasts 144 bars.

This dance has three small duple minor dances inside it, punctuated by the usual "Up a double"/"Siding"/"Arming". When specifying how many times these subdances should repeat Playford writes "These Changes to the last", which I take to mean "until the set has inverted".

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. 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.

Up a double
 
A1-4Up a Double, and back
5-8That again
Part 1 repeats 5 times
 
B1-41s fall back, come forward, take hands and change by the right
5-81s slip down and change places as 2s move up outside
Siding
 
1-4Right Siding
5-8Left Siding
Part 2 repeats 5 times
 
B1-21s cross down as 2s move up
3-41s change
5-82s followed by 1s cast down back to places
Arming
 
A11-4Right Arming
A21-4Left Arming
Part 3 repeats 5 times
 
B1-41s cast below 2s and lead up to places
5-61s slip down inside as 2s move up outside
7-81s turn single down

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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