Grimstock ~ Sharp

Grimstock ~ Hume Grimstock ~ Sharp

Grimstock ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

Playford writes:

Lead up all a D. forwards and back, set and turn S. That again First Cu. go down between the second, the third come up between the first This forwards and back to your places

Sides all, set and turn S. That again First cu. go down under the second cu. arms, the third come up under the first This forwards and back to your places

Arms all, set and turn S. That again First cu. change places and go down the S. Hey And come up the S. Hey on her own side

Most people find it easier to dance Part 2 with only one hand joined with partner to make arches rather than both.

The tune, Grimstock, was published with the dance.

The animation plays at 111 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-4Up a double and back
5-8Set and turn single
I.A21-4Up a Double, back (again)
5-8Set and turn single
II.A11-4Right shoulder siding
5-8Set and turn single
II.A21-4Left shoulder siding
5-8Set and turn single
III.A11-4Arm right
5-8Set and turn single
III.A21-4Arm left
5-8Set and turn single
I.B1-8Mirror hey (grimstock hey), 1s start together
II.B1-8Mirror hey, as before, except partners take both hands and slip
III.B1-41s cross by left, then half right shoulder heys for three on the sides (not mirror heys)
5-81s cross by right into half left shoulder heys

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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