Mill-Field

Mill-Field 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. It is a Square dance. The dance lasts 592 bars.

Playford writes:
Hands and go a D. round · Back again :Set and turn S · That again :

First cu. lead to the man on the right hand, he going under your arms; turn your own · That again : All three set and turn S. · That again :

The two men take hands and lead to your w., she going under your arms; the two men arms · That again : All three set and turn S. · That again :

The second man and first wo. lead to the first man, he going under their arms; the two men arms · That again : All three set and turn S. · That again :

Do thus to the next wo. and so to all the rest.

Like many of Playford's circles, this dance assumes a progression which is not spelled out in the figure. At the end of the figure everyone is where they started. Sharp is no help.

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: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, circle, lead (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 © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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