The New Figary

The New Figary is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. 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. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: B Flat Major.

Playford writes:
Lead up all and back That again, the 1. man moves to the 2. wo. Salute her and turn her about and fall into their own places, the 1. wo. and 2. man do the same The 1. man and 2. wo. go back to back and fall into their own places, the 1. wo. and 2. man do as much The two men clap hands and the 2. wo. then turn all round single, then clap hands with your own, and cast off into the 2. place Do this to the last.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A1-4All up a Double, and back
5-8That again
B1-41st corners honour/kiss (salute) and two hand turn
5-82nd corners honour/kiss and two hand turn
C1-41st corners back to back
5-82nd corners back to back
D11-2Facing neighbor, clap own hands on 1st beat, neighbor's right on second, clap own, left
3-4Turn single
D21-2Facing partner, clap own hands on 1st beat, neighbor's right on second, clap own, left
3-41s cast down as 2s lead up

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