The Glory of the West ~ Sharp

The Glory of the West ~ Bolton The Glory of the West ~ Sharp

The Glory of the West ~ Sharp 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 1911. It is a Facing Couples dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 84 bars.

Sharp has taken a number of liberties with Playford's original here. I, in turn, have not followed Sharp precisely in the final figure. Playford says "falling all a brest to the presence", Sharp says "All face up and, standing in line, first couple to left, honour the Presence." Having the first couple both on the left is very awkward after a half circle, I think it more natural to split them to the ends of the line.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dance contains the following figures: USA, hand turn (allemande), turn single, circle, cast, hands across, hey, rights and lefts (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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. 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.

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