Pop Goes The Weasel ~ Sharp #1 is an English Country Dance. It was published by English Traditional in 1852 in The Country Dance Book (Part 1). It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1909. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
This evolved out of a dance of the same name that was popular in the 1850s. A textual source from 1857 is Hillgrove's The Scholar's Companion.
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.
|A1||1-8||M1 and two women circle three, once and a half then W1 dive under to place as the other two raise their joined hands|
|A2||1-8||W2 and two men circle, three once and a half then M2 dive under to place as the other two raise their joined hands|
|B1||1-8||1s lead down left in left, turn (man may twirl woman under), lead back|
|B2||1-8||Partner swing, half-way around the minor set, counter-clockwise to progress|
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