The Friar and the Nun

The Fryar and the Nun

The Friar and the Nun or The Fryar and the Nun is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1912. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 176 bars.

In part 3 Sharp has neighbors two hand turning concurrently once and a half, while playford has the "men change places by both hands, women as much".

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, circle, hands across, hey, circular hey (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.

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