Temple-Barr ~ Kennedy

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Temple-Barr ~ Kennedy is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed., London. It was interpreted by Douglas & Helen Kennedy in 1929 and published in Country Dance Book, New Series. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set 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

Playford rarely gives choices but he (well, John Young) does here - providing both a duple and triple minor choreography.

Published in 1718 as Masquerade Royal, the plate was duplicated in 1726 under the name Temple Barr.

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), set, turn single, circle, lead (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1929 by Douglas & Helen Kennedy. 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.

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