Knives and Forks ~ Shapiro is an English Country Dance. It was devised by John & William Neal in 1726 and published in Choice Collection of Country Dances. It was interpreted by Rich Jackson & George Fogg, Shapiro in 1987. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.
The Neals write:
each strain twice
1st. cu: cast off & back to back in 2d. cu: place:
cast up & back to back in their own places:
1st. & 2d. cu: lead to ye wall, face a bout & cross over end improper:
1st. ma: & 2d. wo: change places, 1st. wo: & 2d. ma: ye same each man turning his own partner wth. both hands
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1987 by Rich Jackson & George Fogg. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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