The Hole in the Wall

The Hole in the Wall is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1697 in An Additional Sheet of New Dances for the Second Part, London. It was interpreted by Douglas & Helen Kennedy in 1929 and published in Country Dance Book, New Series. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars. It is in the key: B flat major.

Playford writes:

The 1. cu. cast off below the 2. cu. and lead up in the middle The 2. cu. cast up and lead down the middle

The 1. Man cross over with the 2. Wo. and the 1. Wo. with the 2. Man, so all four Hands half round, and so cast off into the 2. Place, the rest do the like.

Note: There is no indication in either the Kennedy's interpretation, nor in Playford's words that the corner changes should be done with what I call a "hole in the wall cross".

The tune was composed by Henry Purcell as incidental music for a play from 1693. Originally a hornpipe, it is now performed at a slower tempo. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Simple Pleasures. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 95 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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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: circle, cast, lead (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1929 by Douglas & Helen Kennedy. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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