Saint Martin's

Saint Martin's is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master, London. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a Facing Couples dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a multipart dance. The dance lasts 96 bars. It is in the key: A Minor.

Playford writes:

Meet all, two slips to the left hand, and two to the right, men turn single to the left hand and back again, while the We. turn the Co. way Meet again, change places, then change with your own and turn S. Men back a D. We. turn S. men cross over, taking left hands, turn the Co. We.with the right, and stay there We. go back, men turn S. We. cross over, handing right hands, turn your own with the left

Meet all a D. change places, set and turn S. That again Men meet and stand, We. as much, hands all, four slips half round and turn S. We. meet, men meet, and four slips to your places and turn S.

Meet all, take each others We. by both hands, two slips to the left, and two to the right, men cast off to yours, come to your places, We. following Back all, change places with your own, men cross about each other, and fall back to your first places, We. doing the like not turn your faces Men honour, We. honour, right hands across and go round We. honour, men honour; left hands across and go half round Fall all a brest to the presence.

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

I.A11-4Forward a double with partner, slip left, slip right
5-6Turn single, men left, women right
7-8Turn single, men right, women left
I.A21-8Change with opposite (slowly), change with partner, turn single
I.B11-2Men fall back a double while women turn single
3-4Men meet, turn left half way
5-8Men right turn opposite woman once and a half, skipping
I.B21-2Women fall back while men turn single
3-4Women meet, turn left half way
5-8Women right turn opposite man once and a half, skipping
II.A11-4Balance back, forward, change with opposite
5-8Partner set and turn single
II.A21-8That again: Balance, change, set and turn single
II.B11-4Men meet in center, women meet
5-8Circle half (spiralling out), turn single
II.B21-4Women meet, men meet
5-8Circle half, turn single
III.A11-4Forward a double, take hands with opposite, slip away from partner and back
5-8Men followed by partners cast left in big circle back to place
III.A21-4Fall back a double and change with partner
5-8Men left back to back falling back into original place, women start after men pass, right back to back falling back to place
III.B11-4Men honour partners, women honour partners
5-8Right hands across
III.B21-4Women honour partners, men honour partners
5-6Left hands across half ending in a line facing up, 1s on the right
7-8Line forward, and honour presence

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