Blackwell Hall ~ 3 Couple is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) 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. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 28 bars.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.First Man cross over behind the 3d Wo. the first Wo. goes round the 2d Man, and Sett to each other, the Man cast round the 3d Man, the Wo. round the 2d Wo. which brings them into the 2d Cu Place The Man cross over, and the Wo. cross over, the Man to the Top Cu. and the Wo. to the 3d Cu. and Sett to each other, the Man cast off, and the Wo. cast up Then Hey, the Man on the Mens Side, and the Wo. on the We. Side Then Right and Left quite round
Originally a triple minor.
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: set, cast, hey, hey for three, rights and lefts, siding (and probably others).
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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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