Maiden Lane

Maiden Lane is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master, London. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (mod) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. It is a USA dance. The minor set lasts 72 bars. It is in the key: G Major.

Playford writes

Lead up a D. forward and back That again All a D. to the left hand, back again The S. Hey on each side Set and turn S. That again

Sides all That again Back all, change places That again As before

Arms all That again First man change with the 2. wo. first wo. change with the 2. man, while the last changes with his own wo. First man change with his own wo. your wo. change with the last man, while the 2. changes with his own wo. As before.

The tune, Maiden Lane, was published by Playford in 1651 with the dance of the same name. The music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software

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 (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.A11-4Up a double and back
I.A21-4Up a Double, back (again)
I.B1+21-8Parallel heys on the sides, 1s+2s start by right
I.C11-4Partners set and turn single right
I.C21-4That again
II.A11-4Sharp siding
II.A21-4That again, sharp siding
II.B11-4Balance back and change places
II.B21-4That again (balance and change)
II.C11-4Partners set and turn single
II.C21-4That again
III.A11-4Arm right
III.A21-4Arm left
III.B11-4M1/W2 change, then W1/M2 and the 3s change
III.B21-4M1/W3 change, then W1/M3 and the 2s change
III.C11-4Partners set and turn single
III.C21-4That again

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