Guardian Angels ~ Sheffield is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1776 in Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1776, London. It was interpreted by Ken Sheffield (website) in 1983 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 2. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: G major.
Sheffield found this dance in Thompson's Compleat Collection, Vol. 4 from 1780, but it first appears some years earlier in one of the Thompson annuals.
Cast off 2 Cu. & up again cross over 2 Cu. lead up to the top & cast off hands across with the 3d. Cu. and back again hands 4 at top right & left
Maybe Sheffield intends it to be played at 4 counts per measure, but Thompson's instructions make sense at 2 counts per measure. Since Sheffield makes no metion of the number of counts per measure I will assume 2. But I don't think it is danceable, nor can I talk fast enough to provide vocal cues.
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 dances of Ken Sheffield (including adaptations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
|1s cast down as 2s lead up
|1s cast down as 3s lead up
|1s cast up as 3s lead down
|1s cast up as 2s lead down
|1s cross by right, go below, taking hands with 2s who move up
|1s cross by left, go below, taking hands with 3s who move up
|1s lead above top and cast down as 3s lead down
|1s turn single, man right, woman left
|1s split, man down, woman up, right hands across three at ends
|Circle six left half
|1s split, man down, woman up, left hands across three at ends
|Circle six right half
|1s split, man down woman up, pass 1st corners left to start heys across at ends
|1s split, man up woman down, pass 2nd corners right to start heys across at other end
|1s lead down as 3s cast up
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