Mage on a Cree ~ Sharp

Mage on a Cree ~ Pat Shaw Mage on a Cree ~ Sharp

Mage on a Cree ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a Square dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars. It is in the key: G Minor.

Playford writes

Hands and meet a D. back again, set and turn S. That again Men meet in the midst, turn back to back, come to your places, and turn the Co. We. ·: We. meet, turn back to back, come to your Places and turn you own
Sides all, set and turn S. That again Men go towards the left hand before the Co. We. and behind the next We. meet and turn S. That again to your places Then the We. as much ·: ·:
Arms all, set and turn S. That again Turn all the Co. w. turn all the next we. ·: Turn all the next, turn all your own.

Even Playford didn't seem to know what this title meant. "Mage" might be "magpie" or "Margery", while "Cree" might be "tree"... or might not.

The dance clearly needs a fourth part where the women weave around the men

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-4All eight take hands go in a double, fall back
5-8Facing partner set and turn single right
I.A21-8That again
I.A31-4Men in to center, face out, circle four clockwise
5-8Corner two hand turn
I.A41-4Women in to center, face out, circle four clockwise
5-8Partner two hand turn
II.A11-4Partners side right
5-8Facing partner set and turn single right
II.A21-4Partners side left
5-8Facing partner set and turn single right
II.A31-4Men skip clockwise halfway, in front of corner, behind opposite
5-8Women in a double, fall back turning single
II.A41-8That again
III.A11-4Arm right
5-8Facing partner set and turn single right
III.A21-4Arm left
5-8Facing partner set and turn single right
III.A31-4Two hand turn corner once and a half
5-8Two hand turn next person once and a half
III.A41-4Two hand turn next person once and a half
5-8Two hand turn next person (partner) once and a half

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