Green Grow the Rushes O?

Green Grow the Rushes O? ~ Duple Green Grow the Rushes O?

Green Grow the Rushes O? is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1809 and published in The Treasures of Terpsichore, 1st edition. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Wilson writes:

Cast off two couple, up again , hey of your own sides , down the middle, up again, foot to the top couple , and swing corners .

According to Wilson's An Analysis of Country Dancing", 1808, (page 33) "Swing Corners" means "the 1s right turn, then they left turn 1s corners, then right turn, then left turn 2nd corners, and return to progressed places". Basically, "Contra Corners".

Oddly, Wilson does not define "hey of your own sides" (though he does describe "Hey Contrary Sides"). I think it's pretty safe to assume it is a standard mirror hey.

Wilson does not provide music for this dance, however in A Companion to the Ball Room, 1816, page 67 he has a different figure to this name and provides music for that.

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.

The dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-8Cast to bottom, wave to each other, cast back to top
A21-81s together, start mirror heys on the sides
B11-41s lead down, turn alone, and lead up to 2nd place as 2s lead up
5-81s set twice (foot it) to 2s
B21-4Swing corners: Partner right, 1st corner left
5-8Partner right, 2nd corner left

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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