Speed the Plough is an English Country Dance. It was published by English Traditional in about 1909 in The Country Dance Book (Part 1). It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1909. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.
The Regency Dance site lists two dances with this name, both triple minors, and neither with much in common with this dance save that the 1s lead down the middle and return. One is in Wilson's Treasures of Terspichore of 1809, the other in Platt's Popular & Original Dances of ~1815. There is a fourth version in Elias Howe's The Complete Ball-Room Hand Book of 1857 (published in Boston).
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: hand turn (allemande), set, lead (and probably others).
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I do not have a publication date for the dance and not know whether it is under copyright or not. 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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