Of Noble Race was Shinkin

Of Noble Race was Shinkin is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed., London. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (mod) in 1962 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars. It is in the key: D Minor.

Playford writes (for Nonesuch):

The 1. man set to the 2. wo. and fall back and turn S. Then 1. wo. set to the 2. man, and fall back and turn S. the 1. man change places with the 2. wo. then 1. wo. change places with the 2. man, then all four meet and turn S. Then 1. cu. being in the 2. cu. place, lead through and cast off.

Pat has all of B2 (16 counts) taken up by a half figure eight (which usually takes 8 counts). There is no indication of this in Playford. Playford does leave everyone improper, so clearly something of this sort is needed, Playford does have the 1s leading through the 2s and casting back. Perhaps there's a misprint and Pat intended that to follow the half figure eight?

In any case I have put in both the half figure eight and the lead and cast and this fills up the music nicely.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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: set, turn single, cast, lead, figure eight, double figure eight, lead and cast (and probably others).

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