Roger of Coverly - Playford

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Roger of Coverly - Playford is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed., London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

See the Regency Dance site's description of the evolution of this dance.

Playford writes:
The 1. Man go below the 2. Wo. then round her, and so below the 2. Man, into his own Place; then 1. Wo. go below the 2. Man, then round him, and so below the 2. Wo. into her own Place The 1. cu. cross over below the 2. cu. and take Hands and turn round twice, then lead up thro' and cast off into 2. cu. Place.

Hmm. Playford wants the 1s to cross and go down to 2nd place and then two hand turn twice all in 4 bars? There just isn't time, not even in a slip-jig. Anyway the 1s need to become proper here. I think a two hand turn half is much more likely.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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 dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-4M1 loop left around W2, right around M2 back home
A21-4W1 loop right around M2, left around W2 back home
B11-41s cross, go below as 2s lead up, then 1s two hand turn half to proper
B21-41s lead above 2s and cast back to place

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