The Other Phoenix

The Phoenix

The Other Phoenix or The Phoenix is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1986. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 40 bars.

Playford published two dances named The Phoenix, the first was first published in 1670 (in editions 4-10 of the Dancing Master), the second first appeared in 1718 in the third edition of the second volume of the Dancing Master. This is an interpretation of the second dance (for the first see Sharp's work.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over
The first Cu. lead up and the 2d down at the same Time, and Back to Back, then all four Hands round : Then the 2nd Cu. cast off · The first Cu. cast off : The first Cu. go the whole Figure, cast off and turn Hands · Then all four Back to Back and turn Hands :

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.

A11-41s face up, 2s down, right gypsy previous neighbor
5-8... and circle left with them
A21-41s long cast down as 2s lead up
5-8Partner back to back
B11-42s long cast down as 1s set up and down and lead up
B21-41s long cast down as 2s set up and down and lead up (2s face up)
C11-81s cross up as 2s cast down full double figure eight
C21-4Mirror neighbor back to back, 1s together at start
5-8Partner two hand turn, opening out to face same neighbor

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1986 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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