Kettle Drum

Kettle Drum is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Scott Pfitzinger (website) in about 2919. It is a Square dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars. It is in the key: A minor.

Playford writes:
Meet all, and back That again We. meet, giving their right hands, men meet, giving their right hands, then turn every man to his own wo. by the right hand, then men the left hands, we. their left hands, then turn every wo. her own man by the left hand

Sides all, back again That again The 2 cu. meet and fall back, then the next cu. meet and take each others wo. by the right hand and fall back into the co. places, then the other cu. meet and fall back, and the first cu. the like, then lead in, taking the we. by the right hand, and cast off to your places

Arms all That again All joyn both hands with your we. swing your hands all inward, then break off your hands inward, then turn back to back and kiss the co. we. twice, then swing with the co. we. all outwards, then break off your hands outwards, then turn, kissing every one his own wo. turn and so end

The tune, called Kettledrum, was published in Playford in 1651 and was performed by MGM and Reunion on the album Old Friends.

The animation plays at 113 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The transcriptions and interpretations of Playford dances found on http://playforddances.com/ from the various editions of The Dancing Master are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

I.A11-4Partner lead in and fall back
I.A21-4Again: partner lead in and fall back
I.B11-2Women into the center and right hands across
3-4Men join them, right hands across
5-8Partners right turn to places
I.B21-2Men into the center and left hands across
3-4Women join them, left hands across
5-8Partners left turn to places
II.A11-4Right shoulder siding
II.A21-4Left shoulder siding
II.B11-4Heads meet and fall back
5-8Sides right turn half with opposite
II.B21-4Heads meet and fall back
5-8Sides right turn half with opposite
III.A11-4Arm right
III.A21-4Arm left
III.B11-4Join hands with partner, swing hands in, out, in
5-8Turn to corner, kiss corner twice
III.B21-4Join hands with corner, swing hands in, out, in
5-8Turn to partner, kiss partner twice

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