Mrs. Hill's Dance ~ Bentley

Mrs. Hill's Dance ~ Bolton Mrs. Hill's Dance ~ Bentley

Mrs. Hill's Dance ~ Bentley 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. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:

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

The first Cu. slip down the middle, and Sett a-cross to the third Cu. then first Man turn the thrid Wo. and the first Wo. turn the third Man · Then Sett a-cross to the 2d Cu. then first Manturn the 2d Man half round, and the first Wo. turn the 2d Wo. at the same Time : Then Right-hand and Left round, then turn Partners Proper · Then the Man slips between the 2d Cu. and cast off, the first W. at the same Time go between the third Cu. and cast up, then both turn in the 2d Couple's Place ··

Playford says each tune is to be played twice, but Bently has each played once. I suspect it will be difficult to fit everything in in the time allowed.

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, hey, rights and lefts (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.

< Prev Top Next >

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.

This website is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V
Creative Commons License My work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Most of the dances have more restrictive licensing, see my notes on copyright, the individual dance pages should mention when some rights are waived.