Spanish Gypsie ~ Square

Spanish Gypsie ~ Square Spanish Gypsie ~ Longways

Spanish Gypsie ~ Square is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1971 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 4. It is a Square dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 144 bars.

Playford writes:

Longways for Eight
Lead up forward and back That again Turn all back to back, faces again, go all about your we. not turning your faces, that again the other way First and last cu. meet a D. back again, turn all back to back, faces again, go about each other not turning your faces, the other way as much The other four as much ·:
Sides all That again Turn back to back, faces again, go about your own as before First and last cu. meet and go back, turn back to back, faces again, take hands and go round, back again The other four as much ·:
Arms all That again Turn back to back, faces again, go about your own as before First and last cu. meet, back again, turn back to back, faces again, right hands across and go round, then left round The other four as much ·:

Bentley points out that this dance works well as a square, with "first and last" replaced by "heads".

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dance contains the following figures: USA, turn single, gypsy, circle, hands across, siding, arming (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1971 by Bernard Bentley. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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