Epsom New Wells

Epsom New Wells 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 is to be Play'd twice over.

The first Man turn the second Woman, and cast up round the second Man into his own Place, the second Woman casting off round the first Woman into her own place at the same Time · The second Man and first Woman do the same : Then the first Couple lead thro' the third Couple, the second Couple following them, all to their own Places · Then lead to the Wall and back again, all four Foot it to their Partner; the first Couple cast off, and the second Couple turn up the middle ··

There is an earlier Playford dance called Epsom Wells. In some editions "Epsom" is spelled "Epsome".

In Playford both the A and B strains are 4 bars and, Playford says each is to be played twice. Sharp has ignored this and plays the B part 4 times.

The 3s do nothing (except maybe set). I'd dance this as 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead (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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