Maids Morris is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1688 in A new Additional Sheet to the Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars. It is in the key: C Major.
The two men take hands and fall back, then meet their Partners and turn S. the two we. doing the like afterwards
All four take hands and go half round and turn S. then half round and back again, then the double Figure, and the 1. cu. lead down the middle.
The tune, Maid's Morris, was published by Playford in 1688 with the dance of the same name. The music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software
The animation plays at 113 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.
|A||1-4||Men take hands, fall back, come forward turning single right|
|5-8||Women take hands, fall back, come forward turning single right|
|B1||1-4||Circle four left (about halfway), turn single left|
|5-8||Circle four right (back home), turn single right|
|B2||1-4||Four changes of a circular hey starting with partner|
|5-8||1s meet and lead down as 2s long cast up|
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