St. Giles's Pound

St. Giles's Pound is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed.. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1971 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 4. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 64 bars.

John Young writes:

Note: Each Strain twice over.

The first Man turns the 2d. Wo. with his Right-hand and his Partner with his Left, and both cast off The the first Wo. turns the second Man with her Right-hand and her Partner with her Left and both cast up The first Cu. change corners and go quite round and cast off, and Right and Left at bottom, then turn corners with your Left Armes, and Figure inn at top, and turn corners with your Right Arm and Figure inn at bottom, then clap Hands Partners, and clap sides and lead thro' at bottom and top and Right and Left quite round at bottom and turn.

Originally a triple minor.

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), circle, cast, lead, figure eight, hey, rights and lefts, lead and cast (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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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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