Mundesse

Mundesse 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 3 Couple Circle dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 280 bars.

Playford writes:
Hands and two D. round, set and turn S.· That again : First man set and turn S. · His Wo. as much : First man honour to his Wo., 2 as much, 3 as much, all embrace. Turn your own · Turn Co. :

First man lead his Wo. 2 D. forward and back · Lead forwards again, go each between the2. Cu. and come back again in the same : First Wo. set and turn S. · To the Co man · The man as much : Honor to her next man, honor to the Co. Wo. 3 honour, embrace all. As before:

First Wo. lead the Co. man as before: Second man set and turn S. to his own Wo. : The Wo. as much : Honour to her next man, first honour, imbrace all your We. As before:

Lead in, every man doing as the first

(Playford says this is a dance for 6, but it could easily be danced with more couples)

When Playford says "embrace all", I assume he means "everyone embrace your partner" not "everyone group hug".

I have made a slight change to Sharp's interpretation. In the D section I alternate between turning partner first or turning corner first, because the flow of the dance seems to work better if that happens.

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: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, circle, cast, 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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