Royal Fishery ~ Herman

Royal Fishery ~ Herman Royall Fishery ~ A. Shaw

Royal Fishery ~ Herman is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman (website) in 2009 and published in Serendipity. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain twice over.

The first Man takes his Wo. by the Left-hand with his Right, and lead her round the 2d Man till they come all four abreast, and lead up the Room and fall back again Then all four Hey till they come to the same Place again The first Cu. cross over below the 2d Cu. and lead between, the 3d Cu. cast up and turn into the 2d. Cus. Place Then the 2d Cu. turn down the Middle, and the first cast up, then first Cu. turn down the Middle and the 2d Cu. cast up

Originally a triple minor

Andrew Shaw points out that this originally comes from Walsh's Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1715.

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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, hey, hey for four (and probably others).

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