Fair Quaker of Deal is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed., London. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1961 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.The first Man and second Woman Sett and turn single; then the first Couple cast off The second Man and first Woman Sett and turn single, then the second Couple cast off The first Man and second Woman meet and Back to Back, the second Man and first Woman do the same; then all four hands half round backward The first Couple being in the second COuple's Place. lead to the Wall and back again, the first Couple lead thro' the second Couple, and cast off
The Fair Quaker of Deal is a play by Charles Shadwell, first performed in 1710.
Playford and Shaw say just "set", but in his notes Shaw suggests setting forward.
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 dance contains the following figures: set, turn single, circle, cast, lead, lead and cast, back to back (and probably others).
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