Oswestry Wake ~ Broadbridge

Room for Beauties ~ Broadbridge

Oswestry Wake ~ Broadbridge Oswestry Wake ~ Williams

Oswestry Wake ~ Broadbridge or Room for Beauties ~ Broadbridge is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1716 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1716, London. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 2341. The minor set lasts 48 bars.

Andrew Shaw says in Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance that this dance is one of three quadruple minors.

He also adds that it first appears in Kynaston, 1716. I don't have access to that work. It also appears in Playford's The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed. (1718) and that I have copied here.

Playford writes:

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

The first four Cu. dance to each other, turn single and change Places Then dance as before, turn single and change Places The first Cu. go inside and outside below the 4th Cu. and turn single Take all Hands turn half round and back again The first Cu. lead up to the Top and turn single Then Figure thro' the 2nd Cu. and turn down the Middle

Oswestry is a town in Shropshire.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4Lines of four on the sides forward and back
5-8Turn single and change places with partner
A21-4Lines of four forward and back
5-8Turn single and change places with partner (all home)
B11-61s take hands, lead between 2s, outside 3s, between 4s, stopping below them
7-81s turn single away
B21-4Circle eight left...
5-8...and back to the right
C11-61s lead up to the top
7-81s turn single away
9-121s half figure eight down through the 2s
13-161s two hand spiral (ending proper) to the bottom as other couples cast up

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