A Trip O'er Tweed ~ Bentley is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1965 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 2. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 24 bars. It is in the key: G Major.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.The first Couple cast off and fall in between the second and third Woman and Man, and lead backward and forward Then first Woman cast off and fall in between the third Man and third Woman, the Man cast up and fall in between the second Man and second Woman at the same Time; then lead backward and forward The first Man and first Woman meet and fall back, the Man cast off round the second Woman, and the second Woman cast up round the third Man, then Righ and Lift quite round Back to Back with your own, then Back with the second Couple, then the Man lead his Partner up round the second Woman into their proper Places, Sett and cast off :
Playford says this dance is Longways for as many as will, and since three couples are mentioned in the instructions one assumes a triple minor is intended. The instructions would lead to double progression which is unlikely, so perhaps Playford intended a 3 couple dance after all. (Ah. Colin Hume comes to the rescue with a better interpretation. The "proper place" of the 1s is at the top, not second place. If so then there is only one progression.)
The Tweed is a river on the border between Scotland and England, flowing into the North Sea.
The tune was published with the dance, and the music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software.
The animation plays at 113 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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 dance contains the following figures: cast, lead, rights and lefts, siding, back to back (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1965 by Bernard Bentley. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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