Love in a Hop-Yard

Love in a Hop-Yard is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1717 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1717. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2006 and published in Emperor of the Moon. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Playford (I can't find Walsh's original) writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

The first Cu. take Hands with the 2d. Wo. go half round, lead thro' the 3d Cu. and cast up Then take Hands with the 2d Man, go half round and turn all three single Then first Wo. ast off and go on the Outside below the 3d Man, the first Man (at the same Time) follow her, and go on the Outside below the 3d Wo. meet and cut two Capers and turn single The first Man cast up and go above 2d Man to his Place, the first Wo. (at the same Time) follow him and go above the 2d Wo. to her Place, then clap Hands twice and cast off

Andrew Shaw points out that the names this dance and Love and Honour tended to be mixed up. The earliest edition of this dance was called Love in a Hop-Yard.

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: turn single, circle, cast, lead (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 © 2006 by Andrew Shaw. 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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