Temple Bar

Masquerade Royal

Temple Bar or Masquerade Royal is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1989. It is an indecent duple minor longways dance. The dance lasts 22 bars.

Playford writes:

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

First four Hands half found and Foot it, then the other half round and Foot it, then lead to the Wall and back again, then all four turn fingle, then lead up and back again, then the first Couple slippig down into the second Couples Place, turn Hands round.

Or thus: The first Cu. turns single, then lead down thro' the 2d Cu. and cast up again · The 2d Cu. do the same : Then the three first Cu. go the Hey · The first Cu. cast off and turn Hands ··

Bolton used Temple Barr from the 3rd Volume of the DM which omits the second figure. The first figure is for a duple minor set, the second for a triple minor. Originally all were proper. Bolton appears to have taken the original B music and turned the last 8 bars of it into a second A strain; this may be in the 3rd Volume, but I don't have a copy to check.

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 dances of Charles Bolton (including 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.

A11-2Circle left half
3-4Set to partner
5-6Circle left half
7-8Set to neighbor
B1-4Lead neighbor out, turn, lead back
5-6Turn single away from neighbor to face previous neighbor (1s up, 2s down)
A21-21s lead up, 2s down, acknowledge previous, turn in to face back
3-41s lead through 2s, who separate and move up, to progressed places
5-8All partner two hand turn

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1989 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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