Woolly and Georgey

Woolly and Georgey is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in about 1965 and published in Another Look at Playford. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Walsh writes:

Note: The first Strain is to be play'd twice, and the second Strain once.

The 1. cu. cast off and Figure inn, the 2. cu. do the same; then all four Hands half round and cast up, then back again and cast up, then 1. Man and 2. Wo. change Places, the other cu. do the same, then sett all four and turn S. and Lead through the 3. cu. into the 2. cu Place, the rest do 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.

The dance contains the following figures: set, turn single, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, cast and lead, lead and cast (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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. I do not have a date for the interpretation, so it may be under copyright. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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