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Mo the caller country dance question (48) RE: country dance question 06 May 19


Yes, I have that set of 6 books. Book 1 is dances collected in English villages in the early C20, Book 5 he describes as American Running Set, collected by him (in the Appalchians?) the rest are his interpretation of Playford.
Some of the interpretations are now thought to be not how they would have been danced in Playford's time - in fact Cecil Sharpe changed his mind about siding when further research made it clear (he had to make something up, as the instruction cropped up in so many dances and he didn't know what it meant). His followers had got used to doing it what they thought of as 'the proper way', so he wasn't allowed to change it. So there are various versions of some of those dances. And the original can be studied online so we can make our own guesses


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