Catching of Quails 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 Square dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.
Hands all and two D. round Set and turn single That again First man faces with his own wo. and go ad D. back, she following him The second as much The third as much ·: The fourth cu. as much Sides all That again First man take his own wo. by the hand and shake it three times and go half round, she following him The second as much The third as much ·: The fourth as much Arms all That again First man put his toe to his woman's toe three times The second as much The third as much ·: The fourth as much
Playford (and Sharp) number couples clockwise. I have changed their nomenclature to match that of modern square dances with couples numbered counter clockwise.
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.
|I.A||1-4||Circle eight left, ...|
|5-8||... and back by the right|
|I.B1||1-2||M1 moves in front of his partner and faces her|
|3-4||M1 followed by partner backs to center|
|5-6||M4 moves in front of his partner and faces her|
|7-8||M4 followed by partner backs to center|
|I.B2||1-2||M3 moves in front of his partner and faces her|
|3-4||M3 followed by partner backs to center|
|5-6||M2 moves in front of his partner and faces her|
|7-8||M2 followed by partner backs to center|
|II.A||1-4||Partner side right|
|II.B1||1-2||1s shake hands three times|
|3-4||1s box the gnat|
|5-6||4s shake hands three times|
|7-8||4s box the gnat|
|II.B2||1-2||3s shake hands three times|
|3-4||3s box the gnat|
|5-6||2s shake hands three times|
|7-8||2s box the gnat|
|III.A||1-4||Partner arm right|
|III.B1||1-2||M1 taps his partner's right foot three times|
|3-4||1s move to their original place|
|5-6||M4 taps his partner's right foot three times|
|7-8||4s move to their original place|
|III.B2||1-2||M3 taps his partner's right foot three times|
|3-4||3s move to their original place|
|5-6||M2 taps his partner's right foot three times|
|7-8||2s move to their original place|
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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 © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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