Every Lad His Lass ~ Sharp

Every Lad His Lass ~ Duple Every Lad His Lass ~ Sharp

Every Lad His Lass ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 20 bars.

Playford writes:

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

The first Couple Sett and cast off. This to the first Strain play'd once The second Couple do the same. This to the first Strain play'd twice The first Man and second Woman meet and give a little Jump, the second Man and first Woman do the same, and turn single all four. This to the second Strain play'd once The first Couple cross over and FIgure in between the thrid Couple into the second Couple's Place This to the second Strain play'd twice

I find Sharp's interpretation of B2 odd. Why not just do what Playford says and use a figure eight? Perhaps there's something in the music to make this difficult?

Also the threes do nothig. This dance should be a duple minor.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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.

A11-41s set and cast down as 2s lead up
A21-42s set and cast down as 1s lead up
B11-2M1+W2 meet and give a little jump
3-4W1+M2 meet and give a little jump
5-6Turn single back to place
B21-21s cross go below 2s
3-41s cross again go below 3s
5-61s+2s lead up

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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