Step Stately ~ Hume

Step Stately ~ Hume Step Stately

Step Stately ~ Hume is an English Country Dance. It was found in the Lovelace Manuscript (written somewhere around the 1640s) and later published in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Colin Hume in 1995. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 352 bars.

In the Lovelace Manuscript the instructions for this dance are incomplete.

This dance needs a lot more room between sets than most.

Playford (and Sharp) say this can be done for 3, 5, 7 or 9 couples. Colin Hume's adaptation is basically the same as Sharp's, though he does clean up a few matters. The biggest difference is that he recommends 5 couples. With 5 couples you really get a feel for the triple minor dance, with 3 it feels like a three couple set.

Despite Playford's suggestion, I really don't see how there could possibly be time to do a seven couple version of Part 1.

Playford writes:

Lead up all a D. change places each with his own, keeping your races still to the Presence, the men slipping behind the we. and the we before the ment, face all to the wall · Men hands, and we. hands, 1 man and 2. wo. lead all the rest round to the bottom facing all to the Presence :The first man and wo. being in the middle, lead up all abreast a D. and back · We. slip before the men to the right, and men behind the we. to the left going a compass to their places as at first :

The first cu. lead up a D. change hands and lead down a D. · Take hands with the 2. cu. and all four half round, 1. man and 2. wo. change places :The 2 we lead up between the 2 men, then crossing over, the 1. wo. go behind the 2. man, and the 2. behind the 1. · Men change over by the right hands, then giving left hands to their own we. turn the 1. cu. into the 2. place, and the 2. into the 1. :

First cu. cross over, meet in the 2. place, change places · The three uppermost men and the three we. hands, fall a D. back, 2. and 3. cu. change each with his own while the 1. cu. meet, then fall a D. back again three and three :Now standing as in Greenwood, the 1 man between the 2 and 3. wo. and the 1. wo. between the 2. and 3. man, the 1 cu. lead up, cast off and meet below whilst the 2. and 3. we and the 2. and 3. men change places · The 1. cu. being in the 3. place, arms, whilst the other four take hands and go half round to the left :

The best way to think of this dance is to divide it into four chunks:

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

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, cast and lead, 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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I do not have a publication date for the dance and not know whether it is under copyright or not. The interpretation is copyright © 1995 by Colin Hume. 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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