Newcastle ~ Sharp

Newcastle ~ Sharp/Hume Newcastle ~ Barraclough Newcastle ~ Hume Newcastle ~ Sharp

Newcastle ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a Square dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars. It is in the key: G Major.

Playford writes:
Meet all, back again, set to your own, and to the next That again Arms all with your own by the right, men all fall with your left hands into the middle, we. go round, then to your places Arms again with your own, and we. left hands in, men go about them towards the left to your places

Sides all with your own, and change places with them Sides with the next, and change places with them The first man and 3. wo. take hands and meet, the first wo. and 3. man lead out again, then holding up your hands, the other four cast off and come under your arms to their places The other four the like

Arms all with your we. and change places with them Arms with the next, and change places Now every man is with his own wo. in the co. place. Fall back from each other four and four abreast to each wll, turn and change places with your opposites Fall back from each other four and four along the Room, turn S, change places with your opposite So each falls into his own place as at first.

The tune was published with the dance.

The animation plays at 113 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-4Take hands, in a double and out
5-6Set to partner
7-8Set to corner
I.A21-4That again, take hands balance in, out
5-6Set to partner
7-8Set to corner
I.B11-2Partners arm right
3-8Men left hand star while women skip clockwise round set
I.B21-2Partners arm left
3-8Women right hand star while men skip counter clockwise round set
II.A11-4Partners side right
5-6Set right and honor
7-8Pass by left shoulder
II.A21-4New partner again side right
5-6Set right and honor
7-8Pass by left shoulder
II.B11-4New side couples lead to center, turn, out, make arch
5-8Heads cast through nearest arch into center return home
II.B21-4Head couples lead to center, turn, out, make arch
5-8Sides cast through nearest arch into center return home
III.A11-4Arm right
5-8Arm left once and a half
III.A21-4New partner, arm right
5-8Arm left once and a half ending in a line on the sides (women on left)
III.B11-4Take hands on sides fall back, come forward
5-8Turn single, pass through to new lines at heads
III.B21-4Take hands at top/bottom fall back, come forward
5-8Turn single, pass through to original partner at original position

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