Christ-Church Bells in Oxon #2

Christ-Church Bells in Oxon #2 is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1721 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the first, 17th ed., London. It was interpreted by Douglas & Helen Kennedy in 1929 and published in Country Dance Book, New Series. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The first Man Sett to the 2. Woman and turn single, then turn her with both hands Then the 1. Woman do the same to the 2. Man Then the 1. Man change place with the 2. Woman and the 1. Woman with the 2. Man, and go quite round and clap as they go, the all four Sett down and clap five or six times quickly, and all four jump up, and Right and Left half round into the 2. cu's place.

After Walsh republished many Playford dances, John Young reissued some of them with new choreographies but the old name and tune. There's an earlier choreography with this name, originally published in 1679.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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, turn single, circle, hey, circular hey (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1929 by Douglas & Helen Kennedy. 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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