If all the World were Paper ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1912. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a Square dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars.
If all the World were Paper,
And all the Sea were Inke
If all the Trees were bread and cheese,
How should we do for drinke?
— Witt's Recreations (1640)
quoted in The Playford Assembly.
Hands all, and meet a D. back again, set and turn S · That again : The two men against each other change places, your we. as much the S. Hey, back to your places ·: The other four as much : :
Sides all, set and turn S. That again : The first four meet, lead each other's wo. between the Cu. on your left hands, cast off, go to your places and turn your own ·: The other four as much : :
Arms all, set and turn S · That again : The first four change places, then change with your own men, cross over, take left hands and right with the we. To your places ·: The other four as much : :
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.
The dance contains the following figures: USA, hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, cast, lead, hey, circular hey, rights and lefts (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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