Slaughter House is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1702 in Twenty Four New Country Dances. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.
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 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: circle, cast, lead, figure eight, hey, circular hey, lead and cast (and probably others).
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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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