Mr. Heath's Dance

Mr. Heath's Dance 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 Charles Bolton (website) in 1997 and published in Retreads Vol.7. Originally proper this version is a 4 Couple Longways dance with the 3s, 4s improper. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 3142. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

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

The first Couple cast off and turn the third Couple, then Sett and cast up to your own places This to the first Strain play'd twice Then the first Couple cast off, and take Hands with the second Couple and go quite round, then go the whole Figure with the third Couple and turn you Partner in the second Couples place This to the last Strain play'd once

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 dances of Charles Bolton (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4Ends lead in and face new neighbor as middles cast out and face partner, all set
5-8Two hand turn once and a half
A21-8That again: new ends lead in, middles cast, set, two hand turn once and a half
B11-4Ends cross, move outside the set to the closest middle spot as middles wait and lead away
5-8New middles circle left half and two hand turn half
B21-8In groups of four at the ends: middles cast out, ends cross in, full double figure eight

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