The Pilgrim ~ Bentley

The Lord Phopington ~ Bentley

The Pilgrim ~ Pat Shaw The Pilgrim ~ Bentley

The Pilgrim ~ Bentley or The Lord Phopington ~ Bentley is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1965 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 2. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. man turns the Second wo. and hands half round, then turn Single The 1. wo. does the same The 1. cu. does the half Figure between the 2. cu. and the 2. cu. does the same Then lead through the 2. cu. and right and left sides

Playford published two dances called The Lord Phopington, one was also called The Pilgrim, while the other only had the one name. Both the music and the figure differ.

To add to the confusion Pat Shaw says that the description of B2 is different in the 17 edition from the one here (14th edition) and that is what Bentley used. I have been unable to find a copy of the 17th edition to verify this.

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), turn single, circle, lead, figure eight, hey, circular hey (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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