Prince Rupert's March

Prince Rupert's March is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead all round to the right hand, and come to your places again :First man turn down to the right hand and stand before the last wo. 2. man before the 3. and the 3 before the 2. wo. your faces all to the left-hand and march toward the wall, and change places with the we. · Do this again till you come to your places :

Lead all round to the left hand and come to your places again :The we. do as the men have done, only they must go down behind the men, and stand as the men did before them · This again till you come to your places.

Lead all round to the right hand as at the first :Men march all on the outside of the we, the we. marching down on the outside of the men, open all a D. and close again : The we. march up to their places on the outside, and the men in the inside the we. open all and close again :

Prince Rupert was the grandson of James the 1st (of England, 4th of Scotland) and during the Engish Civil War was in charge of the calvalry for the royalists.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dance contains the following figures: set, circle, lead (and probably others).

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