Parson upon Dorothy

The Shepherd's Daughter

Parson upon Dorothy ~ Sharp Parson upon Dorothy

Parson upon Dorothy or The Shepherd's Daughter is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1652 in The Dancing Master, 2nd ed., London. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 1992 and published in Retreads Vol.6. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a Facing Couples dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

There are three different dances in Playford's various editions named Parson upon Dorothy, and this particular dance was also called The Shepherd's Daughter.

Playford writes:
Lead up forwards and back That again First two men and last two men hands, and lead to each wall, we. doing the same, change hands and meet all First and 3. men lead up, the other leading down, change hands and lead the Co. way Turn each others We. Turn your own

Sides all That again As before As before

Arms all That again As before As before

Playford describes this dance as Longwayes for eight and gives directions for four couples.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dances of Charles Bolton (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

I.A11-4Up a Double, back
I.A21-4Up a Double, back (repeat)
II.A11-4Right Siding
II.A21-4Left Siding
III.A11-4Right Arming
III.A21-4Left Arming
I.B11-4Lead neighbor to men's wall, turn, lead back
I.C21-4Lead partner up, turn, lead back
II.B11-4Lead neighbor to women's wall, turn, lead back
II.C21-4Lead partner down, turn, lead back
III.B11-4Lead neighbor to own wall, turn, lead back
III.C21-41s lead partner up, 2s down, turn, lead back
C11-41st corners two hand turn, as M2 scoot behind M1 to two hand turn W1
C21-4Partners two hand turn, M1 scoots behind M2

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1992 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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