Barham Down ~ Cook is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Tom Cook in 1975 and published in Come Let's Be Merry. Found in The Playford Assembly. Originally proper this version is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars. It is in the key: D Major.
Note: when couples at the top or bottom have no neutral (out) dancers to arm right with they should dance with ghosts rather than doing nothing. (From "The Playford Assembly")
The animation plays at 120 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. 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: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, figure eight, arming, cross go below (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1975 by Tom Cook. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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