Maids Morris

Maids Morris is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1688 in A new Additional Sheet to the Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:
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 animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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: turn single, circle, cast, lead, hey, circular hey (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 out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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