Smith's Boree

Smith's Boree is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed., London. It was interpreted by Ken Sheffield (website) in 1995 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 7. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. It is a triple progression dance. Originally this was a single progression dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

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

The first Man turn the 2d. Wo. with his Right-hand The 1st. Wo, do the same The 1st. Man Hey with the 2. and 3d. Man, and the 1st Wo. Hey With the We. at the same time, and both cast off Then lead thro' the 3d. cu. and cast up above the 2d. cu. and lead down and turn your Partner

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.

The dances of Ken Sheffield (including adaptations like 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.

A11-4On the right diagonals right hand turn
A21-4On the left diagonals left hand turn
B11-6End couples cast, middles lead up, to start a morris mirror hey
7-81s cast down as 2s lead up
B21-33s back up to gate the 1s down and around
4-62s back up to gate the 1s up and around
7-81s lead down to the top of the set below as others cast up one place

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1995 by Ken Sheffield. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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