Indian Queen

Indian Queen is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: D major.

Playford writes:
The 1. man meets and set with the 2. wo. and turn Single, and turn her The 2. cu. does the same Then all four right-hand across half round, and left-hand back again Then back to back again with your Partner, and right and left quite round.

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

The animation plays at 109 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-21st Corners set forward
3-41st Corners turn single back to place
5-81st corners two hand turn
A21-22nd Corners set forward
3-42nd Corners turn single back to place
5-82nd corners two hand turn
B11-4Right hands across
5-8Left hands back
B21-4Partners back to back
5-8Three changes of a circular hey (start with partner)

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