Beck and Call

Beck and Call is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Colin Hume (website) in 1992 and published in New Dances for Old. It is a proper 6 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 435261. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

The name is a bit of a pun. It was first called for the Beckenham Folk Dance Club.

Colin Hume recommends dancing this three times through, that gives everyone a chance to be active.

The tune is The New Royal Exchange which was published by Playford in 1657, and was performed by Brett Larsen.

The animation plays at 116 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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: set, turn single, circle, cast, lead, hands across, rights and lefts, cross go below (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 is copyright © 1992 by Colin Hume. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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