The Slip

The Slip is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. The dance lasts 120 bars.

Playford writes:
Honour to the presence · Honour to your own : The two first men hands, and the two first we. hands and fall back from each other, men and we. open, close again, and change places each with his own · Fall back again, open, close, and change change places as before :

First man lead his wo. down half way, and honour to her · Lead her to the bottom and honour to her : Then take hands with the last man, his wo. taking hands with the last wo. fall back from each other, open, close, and change places as before, the four uppermost toing the like at the same time · That again as at the first :

Second man lead down his wo. as before : That as before, the rest following in order.

Playford says this dance is "longways for as many as will."

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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: set, lead (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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