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Holme, Randle, 1627-1699.

The several Terms used in Dances.

An Honour. it is in a Man to Bow the Body, setting the heel of one foot to the side of the other; and the Woman to bend or bow the Knees.

A Salute, a Kiss, or Kiss of the hand with a bow of the Body.

A Double, that is four steps forward and backward, closing both Feet; and in Dancing Books is thus mark∣ed D.

A Single, is two steps forward, closing both Feet; the single is thus marked S.

A Set, is all that Dance to make a stand.

A Turn single, is two steps to one hand, and two steps to the other.

A Strain, it is thus marked when but once to be Played —

A double Strain, when twice Played, and is thus marked —

A Back strain.

The Characters in Dances for Men is thus ☉; for Women this O or this We; for a single Woman thus Wo:

A Couple is thus marked, Cu:

A Contrary is thus marked, Co.

The second, third, fourth, &c. are thus Figured 2, 3, 4, &c.

Rounds, or a Round, is when all that Dance take hands in hands, and so go round too and again.

Cast off, is for Men and Women to loose hands, and stand off one another▪ each facing his partner; or to cast off from the leading, to the lower part or last.

Lead forwards and backwards.

Sides all.

Arms all. is to take hands, or by the Arms, and so to turn about and chang places; or else go in a sin∣gle, &c.

Set and Turn single.

The single Hay, is turning too and again between each person.


A Slip to the left, or to the right.

A double Back, is four Steps backwards.

Turn off, or Fall off, or Fall Back, is when the Men and Women loose hands, and step back 3 or 4 steps off one another.

Longways, are Dances for 6, 8, 10, or more, by couples following one another.

Cross over, is an exchange of places from one side to the other.

A Caper, or leap up.

Whoever desires farther knowledg in this matter, let them pe∣ruse these Books.

The Dancing Master, set forth by J. P.

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