Horseplay is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Gary Roodman (website) in 2003 and published in A Finite Set of Calculated Figures. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: G mix. Someone thought this dance was Easy / Intermediate.
The tune comes from the 16th century work Orchésographie by Thoinot Arbeau and is called Banle des Chevaux which translates (rather loosely) as Horseplay, and was performed by MGM and Reunion on the album New Friends.
The animation plays at 116 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, gypsy, cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts, lead and cast (and probably others).
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The dance is copyright © 2003 by Gary Roodman. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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