What You Please - Playford

What You Please - Playford is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1657 in The Dancing Master, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Michael Barraclough (website) in about 2017. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 112 bars.

Playford writes

Lead up all, fall back, that again ; set to your own, fall back, that again The 1. man cross over with his wo. then take the 2. wo. by the right-hand, the 1. wo. take the 2. man by the right-hand, and fall back Meet your own and fall back, 1. man go in the Figure of 8 about the 2. man and 1. wo. go i the Figure of 8 about the 2. wo. and down in the 2. cu. place, set to your own and fall back, therest following and doing the same.

The 1. cu. cross over and fall back, and the 1. man take the 2. wo. by the rigth-hand, the 1. wo. take he 2 man by the left-hand, and lead up all four a-breast and fall back The 2. cu. go in the Hey, the 1. cu. foowing the Hey down into the 2. cu. place, and arms with your own, the rest following and doing the same.

The 1. cu. fall back and slip down, the 2. cu. slip up into the 1. cu. place, the 1. man cross over with the 2. man and change places Hands half round all four and fall back, set to your own and fll back the rest following and doing the same.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: set, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, double figure eight, arming (and probably others).

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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