Bath Medley

Bath Medley is an English Country Dance. It was published by Wright in 1740 in Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, Vol. 1. It was interpreted by Ken Sheffield (website) in 1982 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 1. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Also found in Walsh's The Compleat Dancing Master, Book 1, 1740. The wording is basically the same.

Wright writes:

The 1st Man cast down ye 2d Wo. cast up at ye same time, then cast back again into your own Places 1st Wo. & 2d Man does ye same 1st Man change Places with ye 2d Wo. 1st Wo. does ye same with ye 2d Man, all four go round to your own Places 1st&2d Man sets to their Partners Right and Left half round.

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 Ken Sheffield (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.

A11-41st corners cast (outside set) into each other's places
5-82nd corners cast into each other's places
A21-41st corners cast ending home
5-82nd corners cast ending home
B11-41st corners change, 2nd corners change
5-8Left hands across half home
B21-4Set forward to partner and fall back
5-8Facing partner, three changes of rights and lefts

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1982 by Ken Sheffield. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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