The Merry Milkmaids in Green ~ Pat Shaw

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The Merry Milkmaids in Green ~ Pat Shaw is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1721 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the first, 17th ed., London. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1972 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 40 bars.

Playford writes:
Note: The first Strain must be play'd twice and the last but once.
The 1st. and 2d. Man fall back to the Wall, and the Wo. fall back at the same time, and changes sides Fall back and change into their own Places again The first Man change Place with the 2. Wo. and the first Wo. with the 2. Man, go all four round and cast off, lead through the 3. cu. and through the 2. and back to back with your Partner and turn.

Although Playford says "Longways for Eight." this appears to be a triple minor.

When he published the dance, John Young used the tune for The Merry, Merry Milkmaids published in The English Dancing Master of 1651. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album At Home. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

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 (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), circle, cast, lead, lead and cast, back to back (and probably others).

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