Slaughter House

Slaughter House is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1702 in Twenty Four New Country Dances, London. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. man, and 1. and 2. we. take hands, and go a whole round to their places Then 1. man and 2. wo. and 2. man do the same The 1. man and 1. wo cross over into the 2. cu. places, then lead up all 4 abreast, and back again; the 1. man and 1. wo. cross over, and go half the Figure of 8 into the 2. cu. place, and right and left till you come into your own places, the 1. man and 1. wo. lead down between and 2. cu. and cast up to the top, all 4 clap hands, the 1. man and 1. wo. cast off into the 2. cu. place.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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.

A11-41s+W2 circle three
5-82s+M1 circle three
A21-41s cross go below 2s cast up into the middle of a line of four
5-8Line of four up a double and fall back, bending the line
B1-41s half figure 8 up
5-8Three changes of a circular hey starting with partner
9-121s lead down and cast home
13-14Clap: Own hands, partner's right, own, partner's left
15-161s cast down as 2s move up

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