King of Poland

King of Poland is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 10th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The dance lasts 20 bars.

Playford writes:
First man on his woman's side.
First man take hands with the 2. wo. and change places, 1. wo. and 2 man doing the same at the same time; cross over all four, hands as before, to you own and change places; 1. cu. lead up the middle, and 2. cu. cast off, cross over all four, right and left, till the 1. cu. comes into the 2. cu. place; 1. cu. run the Figure through the 2. cu. and so turn your own.
Note: Each Strain must be play'd twice over.

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

The animation plays at 113 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), cast, lead, figure eight, hey, circular hey (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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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 © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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