News From Tripoly

News From Tripoly is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw, Simons (website) in 1973. Found in The Playford Assembly. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

The 1. Man cast off, and the 2. Wo. cast up, then go the Figure of 8 through the other two Then the 2. Man cast off, the 1. Wo. cast up and go the Figure as before Then all four Hands a-cross and back again, then Right and Left Then lead through the 3d cu. and through the 2d cu. and turn your Partner

Pat Shaw points out that the figure of this dance is the same as Manage the Miser but with a different tune.

This differs from Pat's interpretation only in hands across where Pat has everyone return home.

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), cast, lead, hands across, hey, rights and lefts (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.

< Prev Top Next >

The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1973 by Pat Shaw. 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.

This website is copyright © 2021,2022 by George W. Williams V
Creative Commons License My work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Most of the dances have more restrictive licensing, see my notes on copyright, the individual dance pages should mention when some rights are waived.