Cupid's Garden

Cupid's Garden ~ Bolton Cupid's Garden

Cupid's Garden is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1686 in The Dancing Master, 7th ed.. It was interpreted by Colin Hume in 2020. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. man go the Hey between the 2. and 3. man into the 4. man's place, then the 1. wo do the same as the 1. man did, then 1. man back to back with his own wo. and cast up into the 2. place, then 1. man cross over into the 2. wo. place, and 2 wo. at the same time cross over into the 1. man's place, then meet and set, and cast off into the 2. cu. place, then go the half Figure into the 2. cu. place, and so turn their own; the rest doing the like.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, figure eight, hey (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 copyright © 2020 by Colin Hume. 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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