Sweet Kate

Sweet Kate is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). It is a proper Duple Minor dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

This dance doesn't work well as an animation (at least not one of mine), too much moving of hands, with little moving of feet. I include it merely for the sake of completeness.

Playford writes:

Lead up all a D. forwards and back That again Set your right foot to your woman's, then your left, clap your wo. on her right hand, then on the left, wind your hands and hold up your finger, wind your hands again, and hold up another finger of the other hand, then turn S. All this again

Sides all That again As before

Arms all That again As before

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.

I.A1-4Up a Double, back
5-8Up a Double, back (repeat)
II.A1-4Right Siding
5-8Left Siding
III.A1-4Right Arming
5-8Left Arming
B11-1Spring onto left foot on the first beat, strike partner's right foot on the second
2-2Spring onto right foot on the first beat, strike partner's left foot on the second
3-4Clap: own hands, partner's right, own, partner's left
5-5On the first beat turn hands as if winding wool, on the second raise a finger of the right hand
6-6On the first beat turn hands as if winding wool (again), on the second raise a finger of the left hand
7-8Turn single
B21-1Spring onto left foot on the first beat, strike partner's right foot on the second
2-2Spring onto right foot on the first beat, strike partner's left foot on the second
3-4Clap: own hands, partner's right, own, partner's left
5-5On the first beat turn hands as if winding wool, on the second raise a finger of the right hand
6-6On the first beat turn hands as if winding wool (again), on the second raise a finger of the left hand
7-8Turn single

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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