She Would If She Could

She Would If She Could is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1991. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

The first Man whole Figure on his own Side, the first Wo. on her Side at the same Time · Then first Man lead his Partner quite thro' the Bottom, and cast up to the Top, and lead into the 2d Cu. Place : Then change Places with the 3d Cu. all four quite round and cast off, and lead up quite round thro' the Top and cast off · Then Right and Left quite round at Top and turn your Partner :

Originally a triple minor.

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 dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-8Grimstock mirror heys, top couple together at start
A21-41s lead down through 3s who gate them into 2nd place (as 2s continue the hey into 1s place
5-81s lead up through 2s who gate them into 2nd place
B11-41s+3s change places with neighbor and turn right into a circle left half
5-81s lead up above 2s and cast back to 2nd place
B21-41s+3s face partner two changes of rights and lefts as 2s back to back
5-8All partner two hand turn

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1991 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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