Woodycock

The Green Man ~ Playford

Woodycock or The Green Man ~ Playford is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Scott Pfitzinger (website) in about 2019. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 128 bars.

Playford writes

Lead up forwards and back That againe Set and turn S. That again

The 2. cu. lead up between the first, cast off and come to your places lead down between the last cu. and as much As before

Sides all That againe As before

The 2. man cross over and go about the 1. wo. while the 2. wo. goes about the last man, and turn to your places Then 2. man about the last wo. while the 2. wo. go about the first man, and to your places As before

Armes all That againe As before

Men the S. Hey As before

Women the S. Hey As before

The D. Hey all 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.

The transcriptions and interpretations of Playford dances found on http://playforddances.com/ from the various editions of The Dancing Master are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

I.A11-4Up a double and back
I.A21-4Up a double, back (again)
II.A11-42s lead above 1s and cast back to place
II.A21-42s lead below 3s and cast back to place
5-8Right shoulder siding
III.A21-4Left shoulder siding
IV.A11-42s cross, cast left and loop 2nd corners, then turn single back to places
IV.A21-42s cross, cast right and loop 1st corners, then turn single back to places
5-8Arm right
V.A21-4Arm left
VI.A1+21-8M1 face down, other men up, start a right shoulder hey on the men's line
VII.A1+21-8W1 face down, other women up, start a right shoulder hey on the women's line
VIII.A1+21-81s face, others face neighbor, circular hey for six
B11-4Set and turn single
B21-4Again: Set and turn single

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