Linnen Hall

Linnen Hall ~ 3 Couple Linnen Hall

Linnen Hall is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1779. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 40 bars.

Thompson writes:

Right hands across Left hands back again lead down two Cu up again and cast off turn your Partner with your right hand the same with your Left hand Lead thro' the bottom come up one Cu lead thro' the top & cast off lead outsides

I am confused by the music. The music printed with the dance is a 32 bar AABB jig. But the dance instructions seem to call for AABBCC.

I am not sure how to interpret the final instruction: "lead outsides". Given that it is followed by both I assume it is supposed to take 16 bars (twice through the unprinted C music). Wilson prints a description of "lead outsides" in An Analysis of Country Dancing on page 51. I'm not sure I fully understands what he describes, but I don't see how it can be stretched out to 16 bars. So I'm going to assume the unprinted C section of the music is only 4 bars.

Even so there seems an excessive amount of music. So rather than use what I think Wilson describes, I shall use the description for "Lead out at sides" found in American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era by Keller & Sweet, 1976, published by CDSS.

The 3s do nothing and the 2s very little. Modern dancers would probably prefer a three couple version.

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 George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-41s+2s right hands across...
5-8...and back by the left
A21-81s lead below the 3s, turn alone, lead up and cast off
B11-41s turn partner right...
5-8...and back by the left
B21-41s lead out through the bottom and cast back
5-8Lead out through the top and cast to center
C11-4Lead out through the men and cast to center
C21-4Lead out through the women and cast to places

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.

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