Cheshire Rounds ~ Neal is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by John & William Neal, Rich Jackson & George Fogg in 1726 and published in A Choice Collection of Country Dances. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.
The 1. man casts off and his Partner follows him, the man goes quite round, the woman slips up the middle, the woman casts off and goes quite round the 1. man slips up the middle, the 1. cu. ross over below the 2. cu. and cross up into their own places again, then right and left quite round into the 2. couples places.
The Neals' version seems very similar:
1st ma: casts off goes round 2d cu: into his partners place his partner following him she slipping betweene 2d cu: into his place:
she casts off goes round he following her & slipps twixt 2d cu: into his own place & she into her's:
1st cu: cross over & goe quite round 2d cu: into their own place's:
Then right & left:
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. 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||M1 cast down around both 2s up to partner's place, W1 follows up middle to his place|
|A2||1-4||W1 cast down around both 2s up to partner's place, M1 follows up middle to her place|
|B1||1-4||1s cross, go below 2s, cross back up to places|
|B2||1-4||Face partner, three changes of rights and lefts|
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