The Hop Ground ~ Laskie?

The Hop Ground ~ Laskie? The Hop Ground

The Hop Ground ~ Laskie? is an English Country Dance. It was published by Preston in 1794 in Preston's Twenty four Country Dances for the Year 1794. It was interpreted by A. Simons (mod) in about 1991 and published in Kentish Hops. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: D major.

Preston writes:

The 1st. Cu: set to the 2d. Lady & turn
Set to the 2d. Gentn. and turn
Cross over 1 Cu: & turn
Right & Left

This version is slightly different from the Simons interpretation as found in The Playford Assembly in that W2 joins the 1s in setting to M2 and joins in the following circle. I think it is more interesting. I do not know the provenance of this change. Annie Laskie called this version in Santa Barbara on 24 Nov 2019. She might have made the change, or might not.

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Strong Roots. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 125 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast, lead, rights and lefts, 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.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~1991 by A. Simons (mod). My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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