Stingo

The Oyle of Barley

Stingo or The Oyle of Barley is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1989. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 120 bars.

Playford writes:
Back all, meet again · Lead up a D. forwards and back : Men take right hands across and go round, set and turn S. · We. as much with the left hand :

Sides all · That again :All a D. to the left hand, back again, set and turn S. · As much to the right hand :

Arms all · That again :First cu. cross and set each to the second, then to the third, come to hour places on the ouside of the second · First cu. cast off, turn short to your places, turn your own, cast off again, all fall to the lower end :

The arming (third) figure is progressive. It may be repeated three times, or the whole dance may be, to return dancers to their starting point. Bolton suggests just repeating the arming figure, the first two only as an introduction.

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 dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

Up a double
 
A11-4Fall back a double (without hands) and come forward
A21-4Up a double and fall back
B11-4Men right hand star (three) as women left hand
5-6Balance out and in
7-8Turn single, men left, women right
B11-4Men left hand star as women right hand
5-6Balance out and in
7-8Turn single, men right, women left
Siding
 
A11-4Right shoulder siding
A21-4Left shoulder siding
B11-4Lines of three slip left a double and back
5-6Set left and right (no hands)
7-8Turn single left
B21-4Lines of three slip right a double and back
5-6Set right and left (no hands)
7-8Turn single right
Arming repeats 3 times
 
A11-41s (only) arm right
A21-41s arm left once and a half, M1 twizzle to face down
B11-41s+2s set to neighbor, 1s lead down as 2s move up outside
5-81s+3s set to neighbor, 1s lead down as 3s move up outside
B21-41s cast above top
5-81s two hand turn half and cast to bottom as other two hand turn

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 © 1989 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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