The Irish Lady or Aniseseed Water Robin is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. 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. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 256 bars. It is in the key: C major.
Lead all a D. and back That again Set and turn S. That again First man and second woman go about into each others places First woman and second man as much First man and 2. wo. change places, the other as much Cast off and fall into 2. place First cu. cross over, the man going on the inside, the 2. wo. into the 1. wo. place, and the wo. on the outside, the 2. man into the 2. place Cross over, and go the man about the 2. man, and the wo. about the 2. wo. into your places The 1. and 2. man change places by right hands, we. doing as much, fall all four abreast, and lead up to the presence Fall back a D. the first man cast off to the left, and fall into his own place, the 2. man following him, we. doing the like at the same time First and third cu. change places each with his own, the first man and second wo. change places First wo. and second man change places, set and turn S
The first figure of the third part is not quite the same as a full figure 8.
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.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
|Up a double|
|Part 2 repeats 5 times|
|Part 3 repeats 5 times|
|Part 4 repeats 5 times|
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