Kind and Easey ~ A. Shaw

Leander and Hero

Kind and Easey ~ Sheffield Kind and Easey ~ A. Shaw

Kind and Easey ~ A. Shaw or Leander and Hero is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1716 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1716, London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2006 and published in Emperor of the Moon. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 36 bars.

Playford (I can't find Walsh's original) writes:

Note: The first Strain twice, and the last but once.

The two first Men Figure thro' the first and 2d We. cast off and turn single in their Places The We. do the same All four go half round and turn single; the first Cu. lead down the Middle below the 3d Cu. and back again; then take Hands with the 2d Cu. and go half round, first Cu. Sett, cut clean two Steps forward, and cast off

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. 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: turn single, turn single cloverleaf, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, down the middle and back (and probably others).

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