The Mock Match ~ Playford

The Mock Match ~ Playford is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed. (C). It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1988. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

First Figure single, and Right hands and Left, then Figure single with the next cu. and Right hand and Left, then cast up 1. cu. and change the Man into the Wo. Place, then cast up at top and change again· Then you will be in your own Places, then Right-hand and Left till you come below, then lead through the first cu. then you will come right

Originally a proper triple minor dance.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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.

The dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4M1 assist W1 in half figure eight down around 2s
5-81s+2s two changes of rights and lefts
A21-4M1 assist W1 in half figure eight down around 3s
5-81s+3s two changes of rights and lefts
B11-41s cross right go above as 3s lead down
5-81s cross left go above as 2s lead down
B21-81s face, others face up, 1s start five changes of a progressive grand chain (first 2 changes slow, last 3 fast)

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1988 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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