The Friar and the Nun or The Fryar and the Nun is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master, London. 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. The minor set lasts 176 bars. It is in the key: G Major. Someone thought this dance was Easy / Intermediate.
Lead up men a D. turn round, we. go up a D and turn S. we. go down a D. and turn S. men down and turn S ·:
The two uppermost men fall back, and turn S. we. as much, changing over with your own, men change, we. change at the same time, then each change places with his own Do thus to all the rest following
First and second man change places by both hands, we. as much, men and we. meet side-ways, turn all S. hands and go half-round, turn S. hands and go half round turn S.
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 tune, The Friar and the Nun was published by Playford for the dance of the same name. Synthesized music by Colin Hume
The animation plays at 113 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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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.
|Up a double
|Part 2 repeats 5 times
|Part 3 repeats 5 times
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