Prince William is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1731 in Compleat Country Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1960. Found in The Playford Ball. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 64 bars. It is in the key: A major.
The 1st Man Heys with the 2d and 3d Wo. his Partner at the same Time Heys with the 2d and 3d Men Then Hey on your own Sides The 1st Cu. cross over and turn 2d Cu. does the same # The 1st Man turns the 3d Wo. with his Right Hand, his Partner does the same with the 2d Man at the same Time and then turn your Partners Do the same at the other Corner First Cu. leads through the 2d and 3d Wo. and turn in the 2d Cu. Place Then lead through the 2d and 3d Men and turn again.
The tune was published, by Walsh, with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album More Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
The animation plays at 107 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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), cast, lead, hey, mirror hey, siding (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1960 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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