Culford Heath Camp

Culford Heath Camp is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Ignatius Sancho in 1779 and published in Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1779. Set for the Harpsichord, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2023. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 48 bars.

Sancho writes:

The first Lady set to the 2d. Gentn. and turn the 3d. Gentn. & return to her place the 1st. Gentn. set to the 2d. Lady trun the 3d. Lady & remain at bottom set 3 & 3 top & bottom set 3 & 3 sideways hands 6 quite round Allemande with the Corners with the Right hand & with your Partner with the Left hand Allemande with the opposite corners & your Partner

The music consists of three 8 bar strains.

Presumably "trun" is "turn". A right hand turn will be easier for W1 and later will put M1 in the right place.

Eight bars for a circle six seems longish, so I'm turning into a circle left and back to the right.

I'm fairly sure that Sancho means a hand turn when he says Allemande, because he is describing a fairly common contra-corners movement.

The music provided by the Odd Sundays Garage Band suggests they intend the dance as a three couple longways dance. So in the final 4 bars the 1s left hand turn down as the 3s long cast up.

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by the Odd Sundays Garage Band (Judy Linsenberg, Shira Kammen and Patti Cobb). The music is used with permission from the Odd Sundays Garage Band.

The animation plays at 103 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 (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 dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-4W1 set forward twice to M2
5-8W1 right turn M3 and return to place
A21-4M1 set forward twice to W2
5-8M1 right turn W3 ending between 3s, as 2s move up and W1 moves between them
B11-4Lines of three across, set twice, with the 1s moving to 2nd place proper
5-8Lines of three on the sides set twice
B21-4Circle six left...
5-8...and back to the right
C11-41s turn 1st corner right
5-81s turn partner left
C21-41s turn 2nd corner right
5-81s turn partner left

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