Gathering Peascods

Gathering Peascods is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a Circle as many as will dance. It is a USA dance. The minor set lasts 40 bars.

Playford writes:

Go all 2 doubles round, turn S. That back again Men hands, and go round in the inside, and come to your places we. as much Meet and clap hands, we. as much, while the men go back, men meet again and turn S. we. meet, men meet, while the we. go back, we. meet again and turn S

Sides, turn S. That again As before, the we. going first As before, the we. meeting first

Arms all, turn S. That again Men hand as at first Men meet as at the first time

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.

I.A11-4All join hands, slip left 8 steps
5-6Turn single
I.A21-4All join hands, slip right 8 steps
5-6Turn single
II.A11-4Partner side right
5-6Turn single
II.A21-4Partner side left, slip right 8 steps
5-6Turn single
III.A11-4Partner arm right
5-6Turn single
III.A21-4Partner arm left
5-6Turn single
I,III.B11-6Men in, join hands, slip left, and back out
I,III.B21-6Women in, join hands, slip left, and back out
I,III.C11-2Men forward a double, clap on the third step
I,III.C11-2Women forward a double, clap on the third step, as men fall back
3-4Men in, women out
5-6Men fall back turning single
I,III.C21-2Women forward a double, clap on the third step
3-4Men in, women out
5-6Women in, men out
7-8Women fall back turning single
II.B11-6Women in, join hands, slip left, and back out
II.B21-6Men in, join hands, slip left, and back out
II.C11-2Women forward a double, clap on the third step
3-4Men in, women out
5-6Women in, men out
7-8Women fall back turning single
II.C21-2Men forward a double, clap on the third step
3-4Women in, men out
5-6Men in, women out
7-8Men fall back turning single

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