Her Killing Eyes

Her Killing Eyes is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1989. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 48 bars.

Playford writes:

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

The first Man Points at the 2d Wo's. Eyes, then lifts up both his Hand, and turns her quite round, and turn single · The 2d Man and first Wo. do the same : The first Cu. Sett and cast off, set across to the 3d Cu. and turn single, lead down the Middle and cast up · First Cu. cast up to the Top, first Man changes Places with the 2d Wo. the first Wo. and 2d Man do the same, and turn all four half round, the first Cu. Sett and cast off ··

Originally a triple minor.

This dance contains behavior that my animations cannot display.

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 dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-2W2 gazes at M1
3-4He points at her eyes, and throws up his hands in admiration and despair
5-8They two hand turn
9-10and turn single left
A21-2W1 gazes at M2
3-4He points at her eyes, and throws up his hands in admiration and despair
5-8They two hand turn
9-10and turn single left
B11-41s two hand turn half and cast to face next neighbor as 2s lead up
5-6Set to next neighbor
7-8Turn single
9-121s lead below next 2s and cast back
13-141s two hand turn half
B21-41s long cast up as 2s lead down
5-81st corners change, 2nd corners change
9-10Circle left half
11-12All set
13-141s cast down as 2s lead up

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1989 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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