Love's Triumph ~ Bentley is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, London. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1962 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 1. Found in The Playford Ball. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 48 bars.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.All four meet and turn single, then Hands half round The first Couple meet the third Couple and turn single, then Hands half round The first Couple being in the third Couple's Place, cast up into the second Couple's Place, then Back to Back with your Partner, then turn single, and Right and Left quite round with the second Couple The first Couple being in the second Couple's Place, the first Man turn the third Woman, and the first Woman the second Man, then the first Man turn the third Man, andthe first Woman turn the second Woman, then Back to Back with your Partners, then lead thro' the second Couple and cast off, and lead thro' the third Couple and cast up
The tune was published with the dance, and the music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software.
The animation plays at 106 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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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), turn single, circle, cast, lead, hey, circular hey, back to back (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1962 by Bernard Bentley. 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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