Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1962 and published in Another Look at Playford. Originally proper this version is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice.

The first Cu. cast off and go the Figure of 8 thro' the 2d Cu. and cross over into the 2d Cu. Place Then the 2d Cu. do the same Then all 4 crosses over into one anothers Places, then the two Men change Places, and the We. do the same at the same Time; Then 1st Cu. leads down between the 2d Cu. and cast up to the Top Then all four clap Hands, then Men clap Hands, and the We. at the same Time, then the Men take both Hands and turn half a turn and stand Face to Face, then take your own Partners by both Hands half a turn into your own Places

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: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, figure eight, cast and lead, lead and cast (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 copyright © 1962 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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