The Maid Peept out at the Window

The Friar in the Well

The Maid Peept out at the Window or The Friar in the Well is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 6 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up a D. forwards and back · That again : First cu. cast off and go to the lower end and stay there, the rest following, set and turn S · All this back again to your places S. :

Sides all · That again : Men slip just before your we. and go a D. up, and fall on the wo. side, set and turn S. · We. slip before your men, go up, fall all to your own places, set and turn S. :

Arms all · That again : First man put back the 2. wo. by both hands, while the 2. man puts back the first wo. fall into each others places, all the rest doing the like, set and turn S. · All this again to your own places ·

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

The dance contains the following figures: USA, set, turn single, cast, poussette (and probably others).

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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 © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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