Hockley in the Hole

Hockley in the Hole is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master, London. It was interpreted by Scott Pfitzinger (website) in about 2019. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 2341. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 80 bars. It is in the key: G Major.

Playford writes:
Lead up all forward and back That again Set and turn S. That again

First man and last woman meet, and go back The first wo. and last man as much This as the first time

First man arms with the last wo. and back again to his place The first wo. and last man as much As before

First man go down to the last wo. and bring her up As before

Last man come up to his own wo. lead her down, the 1. cu. following, and fall hindermost As before

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 transcriptions and interpretations of Playford dances found on http://playforddances.com/ from the various editions of The Dancing Master are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

I.A11-4Up a Double, back
I.A21-4Up a Double, back (repeat)
I.B11-4Partner set and turn single
I.B21-4Again: Set and turn single
II.A11-4First man and last woman meet and fall back
II.A21-4First woman and last man meet and fall back
II.B11-4Set and turn single
II.B21-4Again: Set and turn single
III.A11-4First man and last woman arm right
III.A21-4First woman and last man arm right
III.B11-4Set and turn single
III.B21-4Again: Set and turn single
IV.A11-4First man go down to last woman
IV.A21-4First man and last woman lead to top, other women move down
IV.B11-4Set and turn single
IV.B21-4Again: Set and turn single
V.A11-4Last man up to his partner
V.A21-4Last couple lead down to next to last spot, 1s follow to bottom, others move up (women two places, men one)
V.B11-4Set and turn single
V.B21-4Again: Set and turn single

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~2019 by Scott Pfitzinger. 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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