Up Goes Ely ~ Sharp

Up Goes Ely ~ Sharp Up Goes Ely

Up Goes Ely ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed., London. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain twice over.

The first Couple cast off into the second Couples place and turn Partners half round Then cast down into the third Couples place, lead thro' both Couple, and cast down one Couple Then the first Man take Hands with the third Couple, the first Woman take Hands with the second Couple and turn 'em half round then turn his Partner The first Man turn the second Couple, the first Woman the third Couple half round, and turn Partners

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.

I.A1-41s cast to middle (2s moving up), two hand turn half, cast off to below 3s
5-81s lead up above top and cast back to 2nd place (improper)
B11-21s split, man down woman up to circle three half at ends open into lines
3-41s two hand turn half
B21-2Circle three half and open
3-4Ends partner two hand turn, 1s two hand turn 3/4

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