Staines Morris

Stanes Morris

Staines Morris or Stanes Morris is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1911. It is a proper Longways as many as will dance. In this dance the men are permuted by: 123 and the women by: 231. It is a mixer. The dance lasts 40 bars.

This is a dance for as many as will, it is repeated until everyone has their original partners back. It is not a Morris dance.

In this dance M1 does a lot and the other men nothing at all. The men do not even progress. The women do, but only one woman is active at a time.

I have changed this so that other couples duplicate the behavior of the actives.

Playford calls for the active couple to join first one hand, then the other. Sharp added setting to this process.

Staines is a town south of the Thames, on the west side of London. In the Doomsday Book it is spelled "Stanes". My reproduction of The English Dancing Master spells it as "Staines" in the index, and "Stanes" on the dance page.

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, turn single (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 out of copyright, and is in the public domain. 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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