I Often for my Jenny Strove ~ Bentley is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1690 in The Dancing Master, 8th ed.. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1965. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The dance lasts 32 bars.
The first man cross over with his Partner into the 2. cu. place, and all four lead up hands a-breast, then fall back and all four turn S. Then cross over below the 3. cu. and all four lead up hands a-bbreast, then the 1. cu. cast up into the 2. cu. place and turn S. then go the Figure above through the 1. cu. and turn your Partner then the Figure through the 3. cu. and cast up into the 2. cu. place and turn your Partner.
Originally a triple 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.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, cast, lead, figure eight (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.
The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1965 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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