Love and a Bottle ~ Bray

Love and a Bottle ~ Bray is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Bray in 1699 and published in Country Dances: Being a Composition Entirely New. It was interpreted by Diana Cruickshank in 2001. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

This dance is reconstructed as best I could from the video: I may have made errors in timing (and elsewhere).

Love and a Bottle is the name of G. Farquhar's first play (he is better known for The Beaux's Stratagem), and this dance may have been performed as part of the first production (see The Playford Assembly). The actions of kissing and drinking make the title clear.

Other dances have also used this same title (but with different music). Kynaston's version (published in Walsh, 1710) is described in The Playford Assembly

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), circle, cast, lead, box the gnat (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.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2001 by Diana Cruickshank. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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