The Round is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.
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 PartnersThe 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.
The dance contains the following figures: turn single, cast, hey, circular hey (and probably others).
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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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