The 29th of May ~ Sharp or The Twenty-Nineth of May ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1686 in The Dancing Master, 7th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.
First cu. take hands, the 2. cu. doing the like at the same time; then the 1. man puts back his wo. and slips down behind the 2. wo. into the 2. cu. place , while the 2. man draws his wo. to him and slips into the 1. cu. place. Do this back again the same way; Which is the first Strain of the Tune play'd twice over. Then the 1. man change places with the 2. wo. and the 1. wo. with the 2. man; then hands round and back, and when the 1. cu. are at top, they cast into the 2. cu. place. This ends the Tune.
First man and 2. wo. fall back, then lead up to each other and turn back to back, then the 1. wo. and 2. man do the like This is the first Strain played twice. Then take all hands and go round, thill the men are in the we. place and the we. in the men's, then men and we. change places. This ends the Tune.
FIrst man and wo. cross over, and 1. man go round behind 2. wo. and 1. wo. round behind the 2. man, and slip between them; then take hands, and lead up all a-breast and back again. This to the First Strain played twice. Then honour to each other's wo. then to your own, then turn each other's wo. and then your own, the 1. cu. turning into the 2. cu. place. This ends the Tune.
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.
|I.A||1-8||Full poussette 1st corners (M1,W2) push|
|I.B||1-2||1st corners change, 2nd corners change|
|3-3||Circle left a quarter|
|4-6||Circle right three quarters|
|7-8||1s cast down as 2s lead up|
|II.A||1-4||1st corners fall back, then back to back|
|5-8||2nd corners fall back, then back to back|
|II.B||1-6||Circle left once and a half|
|III.A||1-4||1s cross, go below ending between 2s in a line of four (1s improper)|
|5-8||Line of four up a double, fall back bending the line|
|III.B||1-2||Honour opposite sex neighbor, honour partner|
|3-5||Two hand turn neighbor|
|6-8||Two hand turn partner (2s once, 1s half) to proper|
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