Playing (in) the Field is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Gary Roodman (website) in 2005 and published in Prime Calculated Figures. It is a Square dance. In this dance the men are permuted by: 4123 and the women by: 1234. It is a mixer. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: C minor. Someone thought this dance was Hard.
The tune, called Entrée, was composed by G.F. Handel the Mirtillo Suite of Il Pastor Fido, and performed by Doug Creighton, Jessica Murrow, lydia ievins, Margaret Ann Martin, and Mary Lea on the album Band of Friends.
The animation plays at 94 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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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), gypsy, circle, lead, hands across, hey, hey for four, grand square, siding (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.
The dance is copyright © 2005 by Gary Roodman. 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.
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