Softly Robin ~ Williams 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 George Williams in 2021 and published in Country Dance Book, New Series. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.
Note: Each Strain twice.The first Man turn his Partner half round, then making a little stop turn her into her own place The two Men and the two Women turn one another half round, making a little stop, and turn into your own places The first and 2d Man double Figure on the Womens side, and turn one another 'till in your own places; then the first Man cast off Then the Women double Figure on the Men's side, and turn 'till in your own places; then first Woman cast down.
The Kennedies have interpretted Men double Figure on the Women's side as having the men lead through the women and cast back. Now "Figure" in every other case I've seen means a "figure of eight" (sometimes half sometimes full), and I would assume in this context it means that both men half figure eight through the women. This means the turn is only half which is more appropriate for the 2 bars that are allotted to it.
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 George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
|1s right hand turn, stopping briefly halfway through
|Neighbor right hand turn, stopping briefly halfway through
|Men half figure eight across through women (M1 starts)
|Men two hand turn half
|M1 cast down as M2 twirls up
|Women half figure eight across through men (W1 starts)
|Women two hand turn half
|W1 cast down as W2 twirls up
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