SCA Dance Cheat Sheets
Source: Playford (1651)
Setting: A square set of 2 couples (facing each other).
1- 4Double forward and back.
5- 8Repeat 1-4.
9-12Circle contrary back to back,
13-16then circle them face to face.
17-20Circle partner back to back,
21-24then circle them face to face.
1- 4Side with partner.
5- 8Side with contrary.
9-10Men change places,
11-12Women change places,
13-16all circle once around.
17-18Women change places,
19-20Men change places,
21-24all circle once around.
1- 4Arm with partner,
5- 8arm with contrary.
9-12Men pousset (push/pull) contrary to the other side of the set
13-16Men cast off to the right back to their places, partner following.
17-20Men pousset (pull/push) Contrary back to original places
21-24Men cast off to the left, partner following.
Note: Playford's ``contrary'' is generally called a corner or opposite in modern folkdance.
Meet all forwards and back ?u?.? That again ?u?:? Turn back to to back to the Co. We. faces again, goe about the Co. We. not turning your faces ?u?.? Turn back to back to your owne, faces again, goe about your owne not turning faces ?u?:? Sides all with your owne ?u?.? Sides with the Co. ?u?:? Men change places We. change places, hands all, goe round?u?.? We. change places, men change places, hands all and goe round, to your places?u?:? Arms all with your own?u?.? Arms with the Co.?u?:? Men put the Co. We. back by both hands, fall even on the Co. side men cast off to the right hand, your We. following, come to the same places again ?u?.? put them back again, fall on your owne side. men cast off to the left hand, and come to your places, the We. following. ?u?:?
Note that in Phaedria's version of the music, the dance is in 3/4 when it should be in 6/8, so all these measure numbers would have to be doubled to correspond to her version. I'm not exactly sure about the geography of the 3rd chorus. The term ``pousset'' is a more modern Country Dance term, and doesn't appear in Playford, but I believe that the move described is pretty much the same as what Playford describes.