Saturday Night and Sunday Morn

Saturday Night and Sunday Morn is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 112 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up all a D. forward and back · That again : Set and turn S · That again :

First and 2. cu go about your own, not turning your faces · Men the like about each other, and we. about each other : First man and 2. wo. change across. 1. wo. and 2. man as much · Each change with his own, set : So forward, the rest following in order.

First man take his wo. in his left-hand and lead her downward under the 2. cu. arms, lead up again, the 2. cu. coming under your arms · First man take the 2. man by the left hand with his right, cast off and come to your places, we. doing the like at the same time. Change places with your own, men change places, we. changing at the same time · Change each with his own, set : And so forward to the rest :

First and second cu. meet. men hands, we. hands, lead to the wall · Meet again, take your own we. and lead from each other. Change with your own, men change and we. change at the same time · Change again with your own, set : And so on to the rest :

Sharp omitted Part 4; I have replaced it.

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, turn single, gypsy, cast, lead (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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