The Spanyard is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Scott Pfitzinger (website) in about 2019. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 112 bars.
Lead up a D. forwards, four slips to the right hand, set and turn S. Lead down, and as much First and last Cu. fall back, while the other meet and take both hands, the 2. Cu. slip up, and the third down, set and turn S. ·: All this again, to your places
Sides all, set and S. That again First and third put your We. by both hands back, the other going the Co. way, fall into each others places, set and turn S. ·: All that again the Co. way
Arms all, set and turn S. That again First man and 2. Wo. and third man and last Wo. meet and go back, take hands and go round once and a halfe, changing places ·: The other four as much All that again, to your places ·: ·:
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.
|1-2||Up a double|
|3-4||Four slip steps right|
|5-8||Set and turn single|
|9-10||Down a double|
|11-12||Four slip steps right|
|13-16||Set and turn single|
|17-18||1s+4s fall back while 2s+3s meet|
|19-20||2s+3s slip out to ends while 1s+4s to the middle|
|21-24||Set and turn single|
|25-26||2s+3s fall back while 1s+4s meet|
|27-28||1s+4s slip out to ends while 2s+3s to the middle|
|29-32||Set and turn single|
|37-40||Set and turn single|
|45-48||Set and turn single|
|49-52||In groups of four at ends, half poussette (1st corners push)|
|53-56||Set and turn single|
|57-60||Finish the poussette back home|
|61-64||Set and turn single|
|69-72||Set and turn single|
|77-80||Set and turn single|
|81-84||In groups of four at ends, 1st corners forward to meet and fall back|
|85-88||1st corners two hand turn once and a half|
|89-92||2nd corners forward to meet and fall back|
|93-96||2nd corners two hand turn once and a half|
|97-100||1st corners forward to meet and fall back|
|101-104||1st corners two hand turn once and a half|
|105-108||2nd corners forward to meet and fall back|
|109-112||2nd corners two hand turn once and a half|
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.
My work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Most of the dances have more restrictive licensing, see my notes on copyright, the individual dance pages should mention when some rights are waived.