The Coronation Day

The Coronation Day is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 10th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

The most likely coronation is that of William and Mary on 11 April 1689 (the next monarch, Anne, was not crowned until 23 April 1702 which would be too late for this dance). William and Mary were joint monarchs and marked a return of Protestant rule to England. The British had just revolted against James II and presumably were more glad than usual about the new monarchs.

Playford writes:
First cu. lead down in the contrary place, the 2. cu. cast up at the same time, and cross over; Second lead down as before; first cu. cast up into their own place: First man go within sind round his wo. into her place, she turning single at the same time into 2. wo's place, she going round her man at the same time, he turning single at the same time into the 1. man's place, 1. cu. lead through the 2. then the 1. man's place, turn single all four; 1. cu. cross over into the 2. cu. place, they leading up at the same time, cross into their own place.
Note: Each Strain is to be played twice over.

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: set, turn single, cast, lead, petronella (and probably others).

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