The Bishop ~ Barraclough

The Bishop ~ Barraclough The Bishop ~ Pat Shaw The Bishop ~ Apted

The Bishop ~ Barraclough is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thompsom in 1778 and published in Twenty four Country Dances for the year 1778. It was interpreted by Michael Barraclough (website) in about 2017. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Thompson writes:
The 1st. Gent: cast off and turn the 3d. Lady 1st. Lady cast off and turn the 3d. Gent Lead thrõ the top and cast off hands 6 quite round

Michael's interpretation is available online at his website.

Michael suggests that if the lead+cast in B1 or the circle six seems too slow, then dancers should throw in a rigadoon step on bars 3-4 and 7-8 of each.

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), circle, cast, lead, lead and cast (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~2017 by Michael Barraclough. 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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