Skellamefago

Don Pedro

Skellamefago or Don Pedro is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Scott Pfitzinger (website) in about 2019. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 144 bars.

Playford writes

Lead up forwards and back, set and turn S. That againe First cu. arms once and an half between the 2. in the 2. place, set each to the 2. cu. and change places with your own Do this Change to the last, the rest following.
Sides all, set and turn S. That againe First cu. slip down between the 2. turn each your own, then turn each others wo. turn your own again ·: Do this to the last, the rest following.
Arms all, set and turn S. That againe First four take hands across and go round, first man change places with the 2. wo. first wo. chnage places with the 2. man, then change both with your own ·: Do this to the last, the rest following.

This consists of the three standard introductions each followed by a short progressive figure. In Playford's day each would run until everyone was back where they started.

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 transcriptions and interpretations of Playford dances found on http://playforddances.com/ from the various editions of The Dancing Master are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

Up a double repeats 2 times
 
I.A11-4Up a Double, and back
5-8Partner set and turn single
I.A21-4That again: Up a Double, and back
5-8Set and turn single
I.A31-41s arm right once and a half while moving down (to 2nd place improper) as 2s move up
5-61s set to 2s
7-81s partner change
Siding repeats 2 times
 
II.A11-4Right Siding
5-8Partner set and turn single
II.A21-4Left Siding
5-8Partner set and turn single
II.A31-21s slip down inside, 2s up outside
3-41s two hand turn half
5-6Neighbor two hand turn (quickly)
7-81s two hand turn half
Arming repeats 2 times
 
III.A11-4Right Arming
5-8Partner set and turn single
III.A21-4Left Arming
5-8Partner set and turn single
III.A31-3Right hands across quickly
4-61s corners change, 2nd corners change
7-8Partner change

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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