The Night Piece or The Shaking of the Sheets is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). 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. It is in the key: D Major.
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.
|I.A||1-4||Up a double and back|
|5-8||Up a Double, back (again)|
|I.B1||1-4||2s fall back and move up as others face and change, 1s to bottom 3s to middle|
|I.B2||1-4||Middle couple fall back and move up as others face and change, top to bottom and bottom to middle|
|I.B3||1-4||Middle couple fall back and move up as others face and change, top to bottom and bottom to middle|
|II.A||1-4||Right shoulder siding|
|5-8||Left shoulder siding|
|II.B1||1-2||1s cross go below as 2s lead up|
|3-4||1s cross again go below as 3s lead up|
|II.B2||1-2||2s cross go below as 3s lead up|
|3-4||2s cross again go below as 1s lead up|
|II.B3||1-2||3s cross go below as 1s lead up|
|3-4||3s cross again go below as 2s lead up|
|3-4||W1+M2 and 3s change|
|3-4||W1+M3 and 2s change|
|III.B3||1-4||Partners set and turn single|
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