Sion House

Sion House is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1686 in The Dancing Master, 7th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:
First man and first wo. and 2. man and 2. wo. take hands, and go half round and turn S. while the 1. wo. cross over with the 2. man, then all four take hands and go half round, and the 2. wo. cross over with the 1. man; the other cu. do the like. This to the first Strain.
The two we. being now in the men's places stand still while the two men lead between them round into their own places, then each take hands with their own, and turn till the we. come into their own places again, the the two we. take hands and lead betwixt the two men, and go round into their own places again, then the 1. cu. being now in the 2. cu. place, go the half Figure, thill they come into the 2. cu. place. This to the second Strain played twice.

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: hand turn (allemande), turn single, circle, cast, lead, figure eight (and probably others).

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