The Maid in the Moon

The Maid in the Moon is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. It is a 3 Couple Circle dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 108 bars.

Playford writes:
Hands all, and meet a D. back again · That again : One man take right hands across with the wo. against him, the second man as much, the third as much, go all round : First man kiss the wo. he handed, the second as much the third as much, go all round.

Sides all · That again : Take hands as before and go round : First man kiss the wo. on his left hand, the second as much, the third as much, go all round.

Arms all · That again : Take left hands as before and go round : First man kiss his own, the second as much, the third as much, go all round.

Sharp uses different music for this dance than Playford does, the result being that he has added a "Set and Turn single" to the USA sections.

Sharp also doesn't like people kissing, and has turned that into an honour.

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, set, turn single, hands across (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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