Bellamira ~ Hume

Bellamira ~ Kennedy/Bolton Bellamira ~ Kennedy Bellamira ~ Bolton Bellamira ~ Hume

Bellamira ~ Hume is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1689 in A new Addition to the Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 1995 and published in Playford with a Difference. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Easy / Intermediate.

Playford writes:
First man take hands with his Partner and lead her down the middle, the man go on the wo. side, and the wo on the man's, then 1. man side with foot and elbow, the 2. wo. and 1. wo. side with foot and elbow the 2. man, and turn sides to their own places.
Cross over with their Partners, and go round about the 1 cu. till the 1. man comes into the 2. man's place, and the 1. wo. into the 2. wo. place, then 1. man cross over with the 2. wo. and 1. wo. with the 2. man, then all four clap hands, and hands half round and turn S.

All of Colin's interpretations contain explanations of why he made the choices he did, these may be found either in his book, or on his website. I encourage you to examine his reasoning.

The tune was published, by Playford, with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album More Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 113 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: hand turn (allemande), turn single, circle, lead, siding (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 © 1995 by Colin Hume. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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