Pop Goes The Weasel

Pop Goes The Weasel ~ Porter Pop Goes The Weasel Pop Goes The Weasel ~ Sharp #1 Pop Goes The Weasel ~ Sharp #2

Pop Goes The Weasel is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thomas Hillgrove in 1857 in The Scholar's Companion and Ball-Room Vade-Mecum. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

According to Wikipedia this country dance first became popular in December of 1852. A textual source from 1857 is Hillgrove's The Scholar's Companion and Ball-Room Vade-Mecum (available from the Library of Congress).

American Country Dances - Elizabeth Burchenal, 1918 has the same version as Hillgrove (the one presented here).

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.

A11-81s lead down, turn and lead up
A21-81s go down the outside, turn and return
B11-81s+W2 circle three right, then back by the left halfway, W2 pops through
B21-81s+M2 circle three right, then back by the left halfway, M2 pops through

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