Never Love Thee More

Never Love Thee More is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1679 in The Dancing Master, 6th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (mod) in 1922. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 192 bars.

Playford writes:
Honour to the Presence, then to your we. Lead up all forward and back, that again.
The first man back to back on the right -hand of his wo. and back to back on the left-hand of his wo. their own places, then cross over the 2. cu. and the Hey through the 2. cu.
Then hands half round and fall back all four, then side over to one another's places, then right-hands being across go half round, then left-hands being a-cross go half round.

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 106 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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.

The dance contains the following figures: circle, cast, figure eight, double figure eight, hands across (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright in the US, but I'm not sure of other jurisdictions. 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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