Lady Banbury's Hornpipe ~ Sharp

Lady Banbury's Hornpipe ~ Hume/Sharp Lady Banbury's Hornpipe ~ Sharp

Lady Banbury's Hornpipe ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1657 in The Dancing Master, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 8 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up and fall back That again Set to your own and fall back, that again The 1. cu. cast off into the 2.cu place The 1. man and his wo. change places, the 1. man and 1. wo. take the 2. man's wo. by the left hand and fall on the outside of them The 1. man lead down the 2. wo. and the 1. wo. lead up the 2. man and fall back, the 2. man and 2. wo take right hands across, and hold the 2. man and 1. wo. with their left hands and go half way round, and change places with your own, the 1. cu. being in the 2. cu. place Do this to the rest.
First man take the 2. man by both hands, and the 1. wo. take the 2. wo. by both hands, the 1. man pull up the 2. man, and the 1. wo. put back the 2. wo. the 1. man clap the 2. man and 1. wo. back to back, whilst the 1. and 2. wo change places betwixt the 2. man and 1. wo. then give right hands across and go half round, and change places with your own. Do this to the rest.
First man stand before his wo. then the 2. man stand before his wo. Then walk up the 1. and 2. cu. behind each other and fall back, the 1. man slip to his right and his wo to her left, then the 2. man slip to his right hand and his wo. to her left, then the 1. cu. cast off into the 2. cu. place whiles the 1. cu. leads up, then chnage places with your own. Do this to the rest.

Sharp seems to have omitted a lot of Part 1 (Colin Hume points out this is acutally a separte introductory figure). If one follows his instruction exactly the set will drift down the hall (in part 1). I suggest having the 2s move up a bit (half the distance between 1s+2s) when the 1s cast down.

Similarly in part 3 the set will drift to the woman's wall. I dealt with this by having the women move toward the center when the men move in front of them.

The tune was published with the dance.

The animation plays at 92 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.

I.A11-21s cast below 2s
I.A21-21s cross to stand outside of 2s, M1+W2 face down, W1+M2 up
I.B1-2M1+W2 lead down and fall back as W1+M2 lead up, fall back
3-42s take right hands and star promenade, 1s ending in 2nd place, 2s in 1st
II.A11-2Face neighbor, join hands, W1+M2 push three steps down or up, then pull 3 steps up or down and into the center, ending W1+M2 back to back
II.A21-2M1+W2 orbit left (clockwise) half to change places
II.B1-1M2+W1 slip left
2-2M1+W2 change
3-3Right hands across a quarter
4-4Partner change
III.A11-1M1 moves above partner, both face up
2-2M2 above partner
III.A21-2All move up three steps and fall back
III.B1-1M1 slip right, W1 left
2-2M2 slip right, W2 left
3-31s cast down as 2s lead up
4-4Partner change

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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