Mall Peatly ~ Sharp

Mall Peatly ~ Williams Mall Peatly ~ Sharp

Mall Peatly ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 84 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up all a D. forward and back · That again : First man set to the first wo. then to the second, and Hey with the two last we. and stay in the last place, the last man at the same time setting to the two last we. Hey with the two first, and stay in first place · This back to your places :

Sides all · That again : This as before, the first and last we. doing it as the men did before :

Arms all · That again : The first man and wo. do this as before, and stay in the last place · Or do this back again, cast off and meet below

Playford's third part is progressive, a fact which Sharp seems to have lost.

Unfortunately Sharp' third part needs more interpretation than Playford's. In the third part there are four symmetrical heys, Sharp says that three of them have five changes and one has seven. They should all have the same number of changes. Five changes doesn't work, people end in the wrong place. Seven changes doesn't work either for a hey for three. But if the hey morphs into a four person hey halfway through, then seven changes gets everyone to the right place. Of course there is no fourth person to hey with, and since the actives only do two changes, the dancers spend a lot of time weaving around ghosts, which I imagine would be awkward. Personally I prefer doing what Playford said to do.

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: set, 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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