New Bo Peep (1651)

Original Publications:

tlbull1 The [English] Dancing Master, 1st Edn, published by J. Playford, London 1651 (and all subsequent editions)

Images:

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Modern Interpretations:

tlbull1 [The] Country Dance Book Part 2, Cecil J. Sharp, published by Novello and Company Ltd, London, 1911

Comments:

tlbull1 One of the few dances which are described as "longways for as many as will" which does not employ a minor set formation
tlbull1 Known as New Bo Peep in editions 1-3, New Bo Peep or Piccadilly in editions 4-8 and Piccadilly in editions 9-18.
tlbull1 There is no evidence for Sharp's suggestion that you should put your hands on your partners shoulders when standing behind your partner in the chorus
tlbull1 Dance can be performed with just one couple

Formation:

tlbull1 Longways for as many as will (whole set)

Music:

tlbull1 ABC Format
tlbull1 MID Format

Notation:

Bold text represents original instructions and light text represents interpretations by Michael Barraclough

A1 1-4 Lead up all a double forwards and back
A2 1-4 That again
B1 1-2 Women turning round right shoulder and leading with right foot go a double to the wall behind them and stand
B1 3-4 Men go a double up to your own and stand behind them
B1 5-8 Men then peep four times alternately on each side of their partner from behind them
B1 9-12 All fall back a double to place and turn single men a whole turn single and women half a turn single so that all are back facing their partners again
B2 1-2 Men turning round right shoulder and leading with right foot go a double to the wall behind them and stand
B2 3-4 Women go a double up to your own and stand behind them
B2 5-8 Women then peep four times alternately on each side of their partner from behind them
B2 9-12 All fall back a double to place and turn single women a whole turn single and men half a turn single so that all are back facing their partners again
A3 1-4 Sides all with your own by the right shoulder using straight/oblique/Shaw (whatever you want to call it) siding
A4 1-4 That again with your own by the left shoulder using straight/oblique/Shaw (whatever you want to call it) siding.
B3 1-2 Men turning round right shoulder and leading with right foot go a double to the wall behind them and stand
B3 3-4 Women go a double up to your own and stand behind them
B3 5-8 Women then peep four times alternately on each side of their partner from behind them
B3 9-12 All fall back a double to place and turn single women a whole turn single and men half a turn single so that all are back facing their partners again
B4 1-2 Women turning round right shoulder and leading with right foot go a double to the wall behind them and stand
B4 3-4 Men go a double up to your own and stand behind them
B4 5-8 Men then peep four times alternately on each side of their partner from behind them
B4 9-12 All fall back a double to place and turn single men a whole turn single and women half a turn single so that all are back facing their partners again
A5 1-4 Arms all right arm turn with your partner
A6 1-4 That again left arm turn with your partner
B5 1-2 Women turning round right shoulder and leading with right foot go a double to the wall behind them and stand
B5 3-4 Men go a double up to your own and stand behind them
B5 5-8 Men then peep four times alternately on each side of their partner from behind them
B5 9-12 All fall back a double to place and turn single men a whole turn single and women half a turn single so that all are back facing their partners again
B6 1-2 Men turning round right shoulder and leading with right foot go a double to the wall behind them and stand
B6 3-4 Women go a double up to your own and stand behind them
B6 5-8 Women then peep four times alternately on each side of their partner from behind them
B6 9-12 All fall back a double to place and turn single women a whole turn single and men half a turn single so that all are back facing their partners again

© Michael Barraclough 4 Mar 2002

 

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