Heart's Ease


Harts Ease

Heart's Ease or Heartsease is an English Country Dance. It was found in the Lovelace Manuscript (written somewhere around the 1640s) and later published in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a Facing Couples dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars. It is in the key: G minor.

Playford writes:
Meet all a D. fall back a D. That again Men fall back from your we. meet again and turn co. conce round with their right hand All fall back from the co. they turn, meet again and turn your own with the left hand.

Sides all with your own, then with the co. That again As before

Arms all with your own That again with the co and fall back from your own first, as before ·:As before

Lovelace writes:

Both couple leade towards each other, and backe againe twice, then all fall backewards, and forward, and then each man turne round his woeman and then fall back againe like before, and then you shall turne round the woeman that stands over against you;

After siding twice, and falling backe twice, then turne round all singly, and the woeman you turned last before, you shall turn her first this time, and then falle backe all, and each turne his owne woeman;

Armes all, 2 and then, and then doe the very same, you did before

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Strong Roots. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 103 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A1-4Forward a Double, back
5-8Forward a Double, back (repeat)
II.A1-4Partner right siding
5-8Opposite left siding
III.A1-4Partner right arming
5-8Opposite left arming
B11-4Partners face, fall back a double with opposite and come forward
5-8Opposites face, opposite right hand turn
B21-4Opposites face, fall back a double with partner and come forward
5-8Partners face, partner left hand turn

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