The Phoenix

The Phoenix The Phoenix

The Phoenix is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 128 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 first dance (for the second see Bolton's work.

The whole dance should be done at a running step.

In III.A2 Sharp says "All hands-eight, once round", and Playford "Take hands in a ring, Go all round". It would be difficult to do a complete eight person circle in only four bars, even at a running step. Pat Shaw (in Phoenix Rejuvenated) specifies two circle fours at the ends, which seems sensible. On the other hand, the Phoenix only lays one egg, so mythological ornithology suggests that having two circles is impossible.

In Part II the dance will shift toward the woman's wall by a lot. In the animation I adjust for this during the balancing to bring the dancers back to places but this will be difficult in practice.

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: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, circle, cast, lead, hey, parallel hey, hey for four (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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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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