Portsmouth ~ Pat Shaw

Portsmouth ~ Pat Shaw Portsmouth ~ Sharp

Portsmouth ~ Pat Shaw is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1951 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The first man Hey with the first and second woman, the first woman do the same with the first and second man; then the first couple cross over and Figure in; then right and left quite round.

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.

The dance contains the following figures: lead, figure eight, hey, rights and lefts (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.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1951 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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