The Spring

The Spring is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Bray in 1699 and published in Country Dances: Being a Composition Entirely New, London. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Bray writes:

The first and second Man move up two or three steps, and turn back to the left to their own places again; We. move down at the same time and do the same Each Man changing places with his Wo. with the right Hand, Men with their Faces down, We. with theirs up, then all turn single to the left Hand from each other, to each others place; Men being Improper First Man and second Wo. goes half round their own Partners on the outside, and turn right Hands round, the first Man ends below, the second Wo. above The first Wo. and second Man do the same after them And so to the end.

Pat Shaw addes that neutral couples should join in A1.

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.

A11-4Turn left, move up or down a double, cast left back
A21-4Change places with partner taking right hands then turn single left
B11-4M1+W2 loop outside partner, counter-clockwise, into each other's place
5-8Right hands across
B21-4W1+M2 loop outside same-sex neighbor, clockwise, into each other's place
5-8Left hands across

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