Green Sleeves and Yellow Lace

Green Sleeves and Yellow Lace ~ Triple Green Sleeves and Yellow Lace

Green Sleeves and Yellow Lace is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1721 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the first, 17th ed.. It was interpreted by Douglas & Helen Kennedy in 1929. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The dance lasts 64 bars.

The instructions given in The Playford Ball (and those in the original Playford text) omit mentioning when the 1s progress into second position. Playford says that the 1s and 2s should end I.A2 where they began, perhaps the 2s move up as W1 figure-eights around them? (this is not specified). I think it is simpler to turn the final "set and cast" into a "set and turn single".

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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, hey, hey for three (and probably others).

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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1929 by Douglas & Helen Kennedy. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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