Bump her Belly

The Maiden's Blush

Bump her Belly or The Maiden's Blush 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 Cecil Sharp in 1916. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain twice over.

The first Couple Sett and cast off between the second Couple This to the first Strain play'd once Then Sett, and cast off below the third Couple. This to the first Strain play'd twice Then lead through to the Top, and cast off, then Right and Left half round. This to the second Strain play'd once Then turn each his Partner quite round, and then Right and Left half round. This to the second Strain play'd twice

The 3s only get out of the way, they could easily be removed to leave a duple 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: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, 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 out of copyright, and is in the public domain. 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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