Halfe Hannikin

Halfe Hannikin ~ Sharp Halfe Hannikin ~ Sicilian Halfe Hannikin

Halfe Hannikin 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 (mod) in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a Circle as many as will dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars. It is in the key: G Major.

There is a record that a dance with this name was danced in 1623, but who knows if it used the same figures.

In Sharp's adaptation (and the original Playford text) people only move half a position, and don't skip anyone. This leaves the top man and bottom woman out for the next minor set of the dance

Callers often suggest that every other couple be improper.

Playford says the tune should be played AAB, but some people throw in a second B, where the B1 has right shoulder siding followed by left, and B2 has set/turn single followed by the two hand turn and progression.

Playford writes:

Lead up all a D. forwards and back That again Sides all Turn your own First man stand alone, and the last wo. stand alone, the rest of the men take all the next we.

Lead up as before Sides all Turn your we. First man take 2. man with his left hand, last wo. taking the next wo. with her right hand.

Lead up as before Sides all Turn your we. Then the 2. man stand alone, the first man take third man, last wo. taking the next change thus every time till you come to your own places.

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.

A11-4Up a double and back
A21-4That again
B1-4Sharp siding
5-8Two hand turn and move one position left (skip one person, go to the next)

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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