Touch and Take

Touch and Take is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1652 in The Dancing Master, 2nd ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). It is an improper duple minor longways dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 72 bars.

Playford writes:

Lead up all forwards and back, set and turn S. That again First Cu. crosse over, and go each behind the 2. tutch them, set and turn single to them ·:
Lead them a D. downwards, back again, set and turn single Then set the 2. Cu. face to face as they were before, and tutch each the third, set and turn S. to them Then lead them down forwards and back, set and turn S. ·:
Then set them face to face, and tutch the next, do thus to the last, the rest follow and do the like.

This is one of the eariest improper duple minor dances. Unlike most modern (English and Contra) dances the crossing over is built in to the dance and happens on the first minor set (and when someone comes in at top). A Soldier's Life is similar.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

Up a double
A11-4Up a Double, and back
5-8That again
A21-4Partner set and turn single
5-8That again
Part 2 repeats 4 times
(Intro).A11-21s cross to behind 2s (improper)
Else.A11-21s move down behind 2s (improper)
3-41s take the shoulders of their respective 2 and turn them round to face
5-8Set and turn single (moving up to 1st place)
A21-4M1+W2, W1+M2 lead down a double and back
5-8Set and turn single (1s moving down)

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