A Health To Betty

A Health To Betty is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1985. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 3142. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Leade up all a D. forwards and back, set and turne S. · That againe : First Cu. sides, turn her once and a halfe about ·: Sides each with the 2. and turne them :: Doe this to the last, the rest following and doing the like.
Sides all, set and turne S. · That againe : First Cu meet a D. back againe, fall into 2. place and turne your owne ·: Doe this change to the last, the rest following.
Armes all, set and turne S. · That againe : First Cu. goe a D. back, meet againe, take both hands, slipe down between the 2. turne single ·: Doe thus to the last, the rest following.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

Intro.A1-4Up a double, and back
(Intro)5-8Up a Double, and back (again)
Intro.B1-4Partner set and turn single
(Intro)5-8That again: Set and turn single
A11-4End couples partner right shoulder siding (and fall back)
5-8Ends two hand turn once and a half and face neighbors
A21-4Neighbors left shoulder siding
5-8Neighbor two hand turn once and a half
B11-4Lines of four forward and back
5-8Two hand turn partner once around
B21-4Middle couples (1&4) fall back, and partner change
5-61s give hands and slip down as 4s separate and slip up to change places
7-8All turn single cloverleaf (top two couples up, bottom two down, all away from partner)
Final.A1-4Partner set and turn single
(Finale)5-8That again: Set and turn single
Final.B1-4Up a double, and back
(Finale)5-6Up a double
(Finale)7-8Step right and honour presence

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1985 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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