Mistress Savage's Whim

Mrs. Savage's Whim

Mistress Savage's Whim or Mrs. Savage's Whim is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1962. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: The first Strain twice over, and the last but once.

The first Man Sett to the second Woman, then turn the second Man, and go Back to Back with his own Partner This to the first Strain play'd once. Then the second Woman do the same. This to the first Strain play'd twice. Then the first Couple cross over, and go Back to Back with your Partner, then go the Figure above into the second Couple's Place. This to the second Strain play'd once.

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album By Request. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 95 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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, lead, figure eight (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 © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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