Sellenger's Round

The Beginning of the World

Sellenger's Round or The Beginning of the World is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a Circle as many as will dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 120 bars.

Playford writes:
Take Hands and go round twice, Back againAll set and turn S. that again.

Lead all in a D. forward
and back · That again :
Two singles and a D. back ·
Set and turn single · That again :

Sides all · That again :
Arms all · That again :
As before :
As before:

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, set, turn single, circle (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 © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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