Greenwich Park - Playford

Greenwich Park - Playford is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1698 in The second Part of the Dancing Master, 2nd ed., London. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. cu. lead up and cast off below the 2. cu. The 2. cu. do the same. The 1. cu. cross over below the 2. cu. and turn up the middle into their own places Then back to back with their Partners, the 1. cu. clap hands with their partners anc cast off ·:

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.

A11-81s lead up, turn lead back, separate go down outside to 2nd place (2s move up)
A21-82s lead up and back and cast down
B11-81s cross down below 2s, two hand spiral up to proper
B21-4All partner back to back
5-6Clap: own, partner's right, own, partner's left
7-81s cast down as 2s lead up

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