Gelding of the Devil

Gelding of the Devil is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1657 in The Dancing Master, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). 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 and two D. round That again First man lead his wo. forward and back Lead her forward again between the other four cast off the man come to his place on the outside of the cu. on his left hand, and the wo. on the outside of the Cu. on her right hand to your places The 2. cu. as much ·: The 3. as much

Sides all That again As before ·:

Sides all That again As before ·:

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-4Circle left
I.A21-4Circle right
II.A11-4Right shoulder siding
II.A21-4Left shoulder siding
III.A11-4Arm right
III.A21-4Arm left
B11-41s lead forward a double and back
5-81s lead through the opposite two (who are not a couple), separate, and cast back to place
B21-42s lead forward a double and back
5-82s lead through the opposite two and cast back to place
B31-43s lead forward a double and back
5-83s lead through the opposite two and cast back to place

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