Hare Hatch

Hare Hatch is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed., London. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1980 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 6. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be Play'd twice over.

First Man on his Wo. Side. First Wo. cross over with the second W. and turn single all four Then the second Wo cross over with the first Man and turn single The the first Wo. being In the second Wo. place, cast up round her, and turn the second Man First Man being in his own place, cast down at the same time, and turn the second Wo. Men standing on their own side lead thro' round; second Wo. cast up, first Man turn his own Wo. then first cu. being in the second place, run the Figure thro', and so turn your own

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), turn single, cast, lead, figure eight (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1980 by Bernard Bentley. 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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