Greenwich Hospital is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by A. Simons in about 1990 and published in Kentish Hops. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: D Minor.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.First Cu. cross over and turn into the 2d Cu. Place, and cast up into their own again The the first Man turn the 2d Mand quite round with his Right-hand, and back again with his Left Then all four meet and turn single, then take Right-hands across and go quite round Then all four Sett to your Partners and fall back from each other, and go Right-hands and Left half round
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: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, cast, hands across, hey, circular hey, cross go below (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~1990 by A. Simons. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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