Epping Forest

Epping Forest 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 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a 3 Couple Circle dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars.

Playford writes:
Hands all and 2 D. round, set and turn S. That again Honour all to your own, and kiss her Honour to the contrary, and kiss Turn all your own we. Turn all the contrary

Sides all, set and turn S. That again As before As before

Arms all, set and turn S. That again As before As before

Playford says "Honour all your own and kiss her/ Honour to the contrary and kiss her" Sharp changed this to "Set right and honour, set left and honour" in both cases.

There tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album At Home. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 111 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-4Circle six left
5-8Partner set and turn single
I.A21-4Circle six right
5-8Partner set and turn single
II.A11-4Right shoulder siding
5-8Partner set and turn single
II.A21-4Left shoulder siding
5-8Partner set and turn single
9-12Arm right
13-16Partner set and turn single
III.A21-4Arm left
5-8Partner set and turn single
B1-4Honour your partner and kiss
5-8Honour your corner and kiss
C1-4Partner two hand turn
5-8Corner two hand turn

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