Old Simon the King

Old Simon the King is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1679 in A Supplement to The Dancing Master, London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2000 and published in Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:

Honour to the Prsence, then to your we. Lead up all forward and back, that again.
First man being on his wo side lead the 2. wo. side-way, then the 1. wo. with the 2. man lead to the other file at the same time, then all face, the 1. cu. cast off, and 2. cu. fall into the 1. cu. places, then 1 cu. lead downward, and 2. cu. lead to the Presence at the same time, then 1. cu. fall into their own places, and 2. cu. cast off to their own places at the same time, the 1. man back to back with the 2. wo. and 1. wo. and 2. man back to back at the same time, then 1. man give right hand to the 2. wo. and left to his own wo. then 1. wo. give right-hand to the 2. man and right and left with her own, then the Hey through the 2 cu. which brings him on his wo. side again.

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: cast, lead, figure eight, double figure eight, hey, circular hey, back to back (and probably others).

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