Round O

Round O is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1703 in The Dancing Master, 12th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 40 bars.

Playford writes:
The 2. cu. sett and cast off into the 2. cu PLace, then 1. Wo. cross over above the 2. cu. and the 1. Man below the 4 cu. and meet both in the middle, then the 1. Wo. cast off, and the 1. Man cast up at the same time, then both set and fall back · Then 1. and 3. cu. set in between the 1. cu. and fall back, and turn S. then 1. cu. hop round one another, waving their Hands, then 1. Wo. back to back with the 2. Man, and 1. Man back to back with the 3 Wo. at the same time, then the 1. Wo. back to back with the 3. Man, and the 1. Man back to back with the 2. Wo. at the same time then the three We. go the Hey together, and the three Men go the Hey together at the same time :

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, gypsy, cast, lead, hey, parallel hey (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, and is in the public domain. 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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