Rose is White, and Rose is Red

Rose is White, and Rose is Red is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (mod) in 1922. It is a Circle as many as will dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars.

Playford writes:
Hands and meet all a D. back again, set and turn S. · That again : First cu. lead forwards and back to the man on your right hand, then all three hands and go round ·: Then as much to his wo. : : Then as much to the next man, and so to all till you come to your own places, the rest following and doing the like.
Sides all, set and turn S · That again ·: Then lead forwards and back as before and go the S. Hey all ·: Do this Change to all, the rest following and doing the like.
Arms all, set and turn S · That again ·: First cu. lead forwards and back as before, let the man go under your arms, turn your own ·: Do thus to all, the rest following.

Playford shows this as a three part dance, each part having an introduction and a progressive part. If I understand aright, Playford wants the first couple to be the only active couple, and they progress until back home, then the 2nd couple does the same thing. It is not clear to me how Sharp expects the progression to work, my first assumption was that each couple in the circle would be either a 1 or a 2, but Sharp draws a diagram with a 5 couple circle.

Playford's progression just seems too dull for modern dancers, and I have no clue what Sharp intends so I have made up mine own.

Sharp claims the last part is progressive, but at the end everyone is where they started. He seems to have added movements which Playford did not specify. I cannot see how to make his interpretation work, so I am falling back on what Playford says.

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: USA, hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, circle, lead, hey, hey for three (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright in the US, but I'm not sure of other jurisdictions. 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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