Childgrove

Childgrove is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. Found in The Playford Ball. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford (and Sharp) show this dance as proper, but according to The Playford Ball it became common to dance it improper in the 1940s.

Playford writes:
First man and 2. man side to their Partners once and go back to back · The the wo. side to the 2 man, and the 1. wo. to the 2. wo. at the same time, and go back to back : Then turn sides and turn your own Partner in the 2. place · Then go the whole Figure with the 2. cu. :

The tune, also called Childgrove, 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 A Playford Ball. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 97 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande) (and probably others).

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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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 © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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