The Royal Navy is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1703 in The Dancing Master, 12th ed., London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2009 and published in Farnicle Huggy. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.
The first man and second woman set and fall back, then back to back, then right-hands with the second woman and left with his Partner; The first woman and second woman do the same, the first cu. takes both hands with with their Partner, the second cu. do the same at the same time, and turn half round, then fall back, then cross over, then turn backs and clap, then turn and clap again, then right-hands and left. Each Strain twice.
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, hey, circular hey, back to back (and probably others).
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