Barn Elms

Barn Elms is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1962 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 1. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

The first and second Couple go Hands half round, the first Couple being in the 2d Couple's Place, Improper cast up. This to the first Strain play'd once Then go Hands half round again, the first Couple being in the second Couple's Place Proper, cast up into their own. This to the first Strain play'd twice The two Men do the whole Figure thro' the two Women, then Right and Left quite round. This to the second Strain play'd once The the two Women go the Figure thro' the two Men, and lead to the Wall, then back again, the first Couple cast off. This to the second Strain play'd twice

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 dance contains the following figures: circle, cast, lead, figure eight, hey, rights and lefts (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1962 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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