The Spanyard

The Spanyard is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by in about 0. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 112 bars.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The transcriptions and interpretations of Playford dances found on http://playforddances.com/ from the various editions of The Dancing Master are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

1-2Up a double
3-4Four slip steps right
5-8Set and turn single
9-10Down a double
11-12Four slip steps right
13-16Set and turn single
17-181s+4s fall back while 2s+3s meet
19-202s+3s slip out to ends while 1s+4s to the middle
21-24Set and turn single
25-262s+3s fall back while 1s+4s meet
27-281s+4s slip out to ends while 2s+3s to the middle
29-32Set and turn single
33-36Side right
37-40Set and turn single
41-44Side left
45-48Set and turn single
49-52In groups of four at ends, half poussette (1st corners push)
53-56Set and turn single
57-60Finish the poussette back home
61-64Set and turn single
65-68Arm right
69-72Set and turn single
73-76Arm left
77-80Set and turn single
81-84In groups of four at ends, 1st corners forward to meet and fall back
85-881st corners two hand turn once and a half
89-922nd corners forward to meet and fall back
93-962nd corners two hand turn once and a half
97-1001st corners forward to meet and fall back
101-1041st corners two hand turn once and a half
105-1082nd corners forward to meet and fall back
109-1122nd corners two hand turn once and a half

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. I do not have a date for the interpretation, so it may be under copyright. 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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