Upon a Summer's Day

Upon a Summer's Day is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 120 bars.

This is the first dance in the first edition of the first book published about English Country Dance.

Playford writes:

Lead all a D. forwards and back, set and turn S. That again The men take all hands, and the we. hands, meet all a D. back again; the first on each side go under the others Arms on their own side and meet below Hands again, and the next cu. as much Hands again, and the next cu. as much ·:

Sides all, set and turn S. That again As before ·:

Arms all, set and turn S. That again As before ·:

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-4Up a double and back
5-8Partners set and turn single
I.A21-4Up a Double, back (again)
5-8Partners set and turn single
II.A11-4Right shoulder siding
5-8Partners set and turn single
II.A21-4Left shoulder siding
5-8Partners set and turn single
III.A11-4Arm right
5-8Partners set and turn single
III.A21-4Arm left
5-8Partners set and turn single
B11-4Lines of three, forward and back
5-81s lead down, others make arches on the sides, 1s split go out through nearest arch and move to bottom place as others move up
B21-8That again: forward and back, arch and progress
B31-8That again

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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