St. Martin's Lane

St. Martin's Lane is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1696 in The second Part of the Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Helwig in 1988. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 35 bars.

Playford writes:

The 1. man cast off below the 2. man, then turn the 3. wo. and cast up into his own place; then the 1. wo. cast off below the 2. wo. then turn the 3. man and cast up into her own place. This to the first Strain play'd twice

Lead down the 2. cu. then all hands a-breast with the 3. cu. and go the Figure through, then cast up and all four hands a-breast with the 2. cu. then lead up and go the Figure through the 2. cu. then meet in the 2. cu. place and turn; the others do the like


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), cast, lead, figure eight, double figure eight (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1988 by Helwig. 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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