The Princess 1721

The Princess 1721 is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1721 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the first, 17th ed.. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

There are two dances called The Princess in Playford (with the same music though). One is found from 1701 to 1716 and the other from 1721 to 1728. The version from 1701 is more commonly danced now-a-days, but this is the other one.

The beginning of B1, where the 1s cross and circle the 2s is very quick. If the dancers need extra time they could omit the following set.

Playford writes
The first Couple lead through the second Couple, then cast up and cast off · Then the second Couple do the same : Then the first Couple cross over quite round the second Couple into their own Places, and sett and cast off · Then Right-hands and Left quite round, and turn your Partner.

The tune, also called The Princess, appeared in Playford with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album By Choice. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 113 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts (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 © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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