Devonshire Girl or Divanshire Gairl is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 1997 and published in Retreads Vol.7. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 24 bars.
The first Cu. cast off and whole Figure at Top Then cast off and whole Figure at the Bottom Then lead quite thro' the Top and cast off in the 2d Cu. Place, and RIght and Left quite round with the 2d Cu. The cross over below the 3d Cu. and half Figure with the 3d Cu and lead up thro' the top and turn your Partner.
Originally a triple minor.
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.
The dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
|A1||1-4||1s cast down as 2s cross up for a double full figure eight|
|A2||1-4||3s cast up as 2s cross down for a double full figure eight|
|B1||1-4||1s lead to bottom (2s wait and lead up) cast up and turn single up|
|5-8||2s+1s face partner four changes of rights and lefts|
|B2||1-4||Ends cast, middle lead down, mirror morris hey|
|5-6||1s cross, go to bottom as 3s set down (man: RLR, woman: LRL) and lead up to 2nd place|
|7-8||1s half figure eight up as 3s cast down and lead back (almost a double half figure, except 3s don't cross)|
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