The Coronation Day ~ P. Shaw

The Coronation Day ~ Hume The Coronation Day ~ P. Shaw The Coronation Day ~ Sharp

The Coronation Day ~ P. Shaw is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 10th ed., London. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in about 1970 and published in Serendipity. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set 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.

This is essentially the same as Sharp's version, but Shaw cleans up some things Sharp left ambiguous.

Herman does not give a date for Shaw's interpretation, so my guess is approximate.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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, cross go below (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.

If you wish to link to this animation please see my comments on the perils of youtube. You may freely link to this page, of course, and that should have no problems, but use one of my redirects when linking to the youtube video itself:

< Prev Top Next >

The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~1970 by Pat Shaw. 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.

This website is copyright © 2021,2022,2023,2024 by George W. Williams V
Creative Commons License My work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Most of the dances have more restrictive licensing, see my notes on copyright, the individual dance pages should mention when some rights are waived.