New Whitehall

New Whitehall is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed., London. It was interpreted by Scott Pfitzinger (website) in about 2019. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

The 1. cu. go the Figure through the 2. cu The 2. cu. do the same The 1. man goes round the 2. man till he comes into his own place, the the 2. wo. does the same round the 1. wo. at the same time, the 1. cu. goes the Figure through the 2. cu. And hands half round and go the single Figure through the 2. cu.

Playford seems pretty clear. He has left out some marks, and he uses "the Figure" where we'd say "half figure eight".

The only thing that worries me is the C part. Playford provides figures which take up 6 bars for something he has marked as taking 4 bars (the dance ends in a rather than a ). I think it is most likely that the C music is also played twice and the hands half round should fill up a whole 4 bar tune. Which in turn means there should be some sort of balance either before or after the half circle.

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: circle, figure eight (and probably others).

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