Kensington Court

Kensington Court is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1985. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

The 1 cu. go the Figure through the 2. cu. and all four take hands and go half round, then the 2 cu go the Figure through the 1. cu. and all four take hands and go half found as before, the two men being Improper. This to the first Strain twice. Then right and left with your partners quite round till you come into your own places again, then the 1. cu. lead through the 2u. and back again, so cast off.

I think, if I were dancing this, I'd rather insert a "turn single left" or a "set to partner" after the "circle left halves" rather than do them as slowly as called for here.

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.

A11-41s half figure eight down through 2s
5-8Circle left half and fall back
A21-42s half figure eight down through 1s
5-8Circle left half and fall back (all improper)
B11-8Starting with partner, five changes of rights and lefts (1s ending with right hands join in center facing down)
B21-8Is lead down, turn in, join left hands, lead up and cast (2s moving up)

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1985 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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