Devonshire House ~ Pat Shaw

Devonshire House ~ Pat Shaw Devonshire House ~ Hume

Devonshire House ~ Pat Shaw is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 10th ed., London. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 96 bars.

This interpretation is undated, presumably Shaw did it some time in the 1960s or 70s.

Playford writes:

First cu. cast off, the 2 cu. leading up, change places at the same time; 2. cu. cast down, 1. cu. lead up, changing places as before, men being on the wo. side, hands half round, break hands all abreast lead up; 1. man cross over with the 2. wo. 2. an and 1. wo. do the like, turn single, all four cross over, all four turn single, right and left into the 2. cu. place.

The Second Part.

First cu. lead down between the 2. and cast up into their own place; the 2. cu. lead between the 1. and cast down into their own places; 1. man cross over with the 2. wo. cross all four, turn you own, the 1. man being in the 2. man's place, and the 2. man being in the 2. wo. place; cross over with the 1. wo. then cross over all four, and turn your own.

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

This dance has two figures, dance the first figure several times, then the second. Playford would have had everyone dance each figure all the way down and up the line. I just have two repetitions.

Colin Hume suggests omitting the "turn single" from I.B1 as there isn't really time for it.

The tune was published with the dance, and the music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software.

The animation plays at 116 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 (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.

Figure 1 repeats 2 times
A11-41s cast down, 2s cross up half double figure eight
A21-4Circle left half, 2s drop hands and fall back into a line of four
B11-4Up a double and back, bending the line
5-6M1+W2 change, W1+M2 change
7-8Turn single cloverleaf
B21-4Partner two hand turn half and turn single cloverleaf
5-8Three changes of rights and lefts
Figure 2 repeats 2 times
A11-41s lead below 2s and cast up to place
A21-42s lead above 1s and casd down to place
B11-41st corners change, then all change with opposite
5-8Partner two hand turn
B21-4New 1st corners (W1+M2) cross, all cross with partner
5-8Partner two hand turn to proper

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