Rufty Tufty

Rufty Tufty is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a Facing Couples dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 84 bars. It is in the key: D major.

Playford writes:

Meet all a D. backe againe That again Set and turne S. Lead your owne with the left hand to each wall, change hands, meet again, turne S. One man lead up and the other downe, change hands, meet againe and turne S.

Sides all That again As before As before

Armes all That again As before As before

The tune, also called Rufty Tuffy, appeared in Playford with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album By Choice. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 116 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A1-4Up a Double, back (small steps in)
5-8Up a Double, back (repeat)
II.A1-4Right Siding
5-8Left Siding
III.A1-4Right Arming
5-8Left Arming
B1-4Partners set and turn single
5-8Again, set and turn single
C11-4Lead partner away, turn, lead back
5-6Turn single away (cloverleaf)
C21-4Lead neighbor away, turn, lead back
5-6Turn single away (cloverleaf)

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