Paston's Maggot ~ Bentley is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1977 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 5. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.The first and 2d Cu. take Hands a-cross, and go half round, then the first Cu. Right and Left with the 3d Cu Then first Cu. cross up above the 3d Cu. they change Places at the same Time, then Right and Left with the 2d Cu The first and 2d Men clap Hands with their Partners; then clap Sides and turn Then the first Cu. Figure thro' the 2d Cu. and turn down the middle into the 2d Cu's Place
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: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, figure eight, hands across, rights and lefts, cross go below (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1977 by Bernard Bentley. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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