The Night Piece

The Shaking of the Sheets

The Night Piece or The Shaking of the Sheets is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 60 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up a D. forwards and back · That again : The middle cu. fall back and slip up, with the first and last cu. change places; that again; that again

Sides all · That again : First Cu. cross over, fall into the 2. place, cross again, fall into the last, the next cu. as much, the next cu. as much ·

Arms all · That again : First man change places with the 2. wo. first wo. change with the 2. man, while the last changes with his own,; then change with the last wo. your wo. change with the last man, while the other changes with his own; set all, and turn S. ·

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, lead (and probably others).

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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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