Lincoln's-Inn Garden

Lincoln's-Inn Garden is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Bray in 1699 and published in Country Dances: Being a Composition Entirely New, London. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1961 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Bray writes:

First Man begins Improper.

The first Man put the second Wo. from him with both Hands, first Wo. pull the dd. Man to her at the same time, till they come all on a Row longways, the Men in the middle with their back to each other, then Men turn both to the right Hand, to each others place as at first. We. cast to the left Hand to their own places as at first The same again, only the We. must be with their backs to each other in the middle of the Room, and turn to each others place to the left Hand, Men to the right to their own places again All lead in and turn single, all lead out and turn single, first cu. lead up the middle and turn single, 2d. cu cast off at the same time, then all four meet in the middle of the Room longways, men uppermost with their faces down We. with theirs up, and all Foot it. First Man slip out to the left Hand, and in again behind his Wo. second Man do the same to the right Hand, at the same time, We. the same after them, first Man turn his Wo second Man do the same to the right Hand, at the same time; then all lead up, then 1st. cu lead down the middle, 2d. cu. cast up And so to the end.

Pat Shaw notes this has the same tune as "Highland Lass" in the Dancing Master, vol 2.

In B2, when people are slipping, I added having the partner move up a bit. Without this the set drifts down.

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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, poussette (and probably others).

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