Rockingham Castle is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1679 in The Dancing Master, 6th ed.. It was interpreted by Douglas & Helen Kennedy in 1929 and published in Country Dance Book, New Series. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 20 bars.
The 1. cu. go the Figure through the 2. cu. till they come into their own places The 1. man set to the 2. wo. and fall into their own places, and the 1. wo. turn the 2. man The 1. wo set to the 2. man, then the 1. man turn the 2. wo. and the 1. cu. cast off into the 2. cu. place
Note: Each Strain is to be played twice over.
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, 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 © 1929 by Douglas & Helen Kennedy. 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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