The Round

The Round is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: D minor.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

The 1. cu. turn both Hands down between the 2. cu , the 2. cu turn down below the 1. cu. the 1 and 2. Men slip up, the 1. and 2. Wo. down, and come into their own places, then Arms round with their own Partners
The 1. and 2. Man fall back and meet up, the 1. and 2. Wo. do the same at the same time, then all four turn single; the 1. cu. slide down the middle, and the 2. cu. up at the same time, then Right and Left quite round, and Arms round till done.

Although this dance had a tune of the same name in Playford, Sharp substituted, Mr. Lane's Maggot, from a differnt Playford dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album A Playford Ball. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 116 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.

A11-41s two hand spiral down (skipping) as 2s cast up
5-82s two hand spiral down as 1s cast up
A21-4Without hands, men and women's lines move four slip steps left and four back
5-8Partners arm right
B11-4Fall back a double, come forward
5-6Turn single
7-81s take hands and slip down the center as 2s slip up outside
B21-4Face partner, four changes of a circular hey
5-8Partners arm right

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