Nonesuch ~ Barraclough

À la Mode de France ~ Barraclough

Nonesuch ~ Barraclough Nonesuch ~ Pat Shaw Nonesuch ~ Palmer Nonesuch ~ Sharp Nonesuch ~ Williams Nonesuch ~ Playford Ball

Nonesuch ~ Barraclough or À la Mode de France ~ Barraclough is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Michael Barraclogh in about 1995 and published in Playford with a Difference. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. It is a USA dance. The minor set lasts 240 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

Playford writes (for Nonesuch):

Lead up forwards and back That again, set and turn single, that again First Cu. slip just between the 2. Cu. turn your faces to them, put them back by both hands, and halfe turn them, put them back, and set them as they were, turn your own in the 1. place Do thus to the last.
Sides all that again, set and turn S. that again First man slip before, and stand with his face downwards, the Wo. slip before him and stand faces to your own, the 2. Cu. as much, the third Cu. as much, the last Cu. as much
Arms all as you stand, that again, slip all to the left hand, and back to your places, then as much to the right hand First man slip to the left hand and stand, the wo. as much to her left hand, the 2. Cu. as much third as much, fourth as much Then the single Hey all handing down, and come up on your own side.

Playford writes (for À la Mode de France):

Lead up all a D. and back, this again Set and turn S. This again
First Cu. meet, take both hands and fall in between the 2. cu. each of you turn your faces toward them and put them back, you meet the two men and we all four back and turn your we. So to All.
Sides all to the right and left and turn S. This again Then fall all into one File, each wo. behind her own man thus, . Then arms all with your own by the right and left and remain in the same Figure, then men fall off to the right hand and we. to the left, fall back into the same Figure, then men to the left and we. to the right, and back again into the same Figure, then the 1. man fall into his 1. place, and his wo. the like, so the rest one after another; then the 1. man take his wo. by the hand, his left hand to the 2. wo. the right to the 3. wo. and so forward, his wo doing the like on the other side until you all meet again in your places.

Colin Hume includes this in his book Playford with a Difference because "Mike hasn't had the time to write out his notes on how he arrived at his conclusions". That was in 1995, he seems to have gotten around to it in 2017, so see his website.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: USA, hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, poussette, hey, rights and lefts, siding, arming (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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