Christchurch Bells in Oxon

Christchurch Bells in Oxon is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1679 in The Dancing Master, 6th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:
Honour to the Presence, then ro your we. Lead up all forward and back, that again.
First man turns right-hands with the second wo. once round, and left-hands with his own wo. once round. This ends the first Strain of the Tune.
Second man turns left-hands with the first wo. once round, and right-hands with his own wo. once round. This ends the second Strain.
All four take hands and go once round, then each cu. clap right and left-hands, then the 1.cu. cast off into the 2. cu. places, while the 2. cu. leads up. This ends the third Strain.

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), circle, cast, lead (and probably others).

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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 © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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