The Duke of Gloucester's March - Playford, Duple

The Duke of Gloucester's March - Playford, Duple is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed., London. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 28 bars.

Playford writes:

The 1. cu. hands half round, lead through and cast up, the 1. man turns the 2. man, we. the same, Then all four change sides, then right-hands a-cross and goes round, the 1. cu. goes between the 3. cu. and cast up, the other following at the same time, then lead down all a-breast, the 2. cu. being between, fall back and cast off.

Pat Shaw did not suggest a duple version of the dance, but the 3s do nothing. There seems little reason to have them.

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.

A11-2Circle left half
3-61s lead below next couple and cast back to middle
A21-4Men right turn, women left
5-6Partner change
B11-4Right hands across
5-81s, followed by 2s, lead down and cast back up to a line of four facing down, 1s in middle
B21-4Line of four lead down and fall back bending the line
5-81s long cast down as 2s lead up

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