Recruiting Officer ~ Pat Shaw is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1710 and published in Walsh's Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1710. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (mod) in 1960 and published in Another Look at Playford. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Note: Each Strain twice.The 1st man cast off and turn the 2d wo. quite round the 1st wo. at the same time follows him below the 2d man and turns him quite round then Figure through the 3d cu. and cast up to the top the 1st cu. cast off and take hands with the 3d and go half round all set and turn S. then hands back again which brings the 1st cu. into the 2d place proper/
Pat does not say when to come forward after falling back after the half circle in B1, so I put that move as part of the turn single.
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: set, circle, cast, lead, figure eight (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 (mod). 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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