This dance was first published in Playford’s Dancing Master, 1650. Though both dance and tune are probably older, it is a type of Country Dance that became popular in fashionable circles in the Restoration period.
Music: Set tune / medley (Click here for a sample from our CD, Track 16)
A1 All lead up a double and back.
B1 Partners dance the whole gypsy clockwise.
B2 Repeat, counter-clockwise.
A1 1st couple change places and go down outside 2nd couple,
A2 cross over below the 2nd couple and outside 3rd couple.
B1 1st couple lead through4th couple, and followed by the 4th, 3rd, and 2nd couples, in that order, cast up to places,
B2 and all turn partners and face down.
Repeat all that; 2nd couple leading down.
Repeat with 3rd couple leading up.
Repeat with 4th couple leading down, and all finish in original places.
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