Prince George

Prince George is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1686 in The Dancing Master, 7th ed.. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in about 1965 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

First man set to his own wo. and then take hands with the 2. man and turn round into his place, while the 1. and 2. wo. does the like, then the 1. cu. cross over into the 2. cu. place, then all four take hands and lead up abreast, then the 1. man cross over and go below the 2. man, while the 2. wo. goes below the 2. wo. and clap hands, then all four hands and go quite round. The other Couples do the same.

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: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, lead, figure eight (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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