The Temple

The Temple is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 2010 and published in Colin Hume's Website. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 40 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

Playford writes:

The 1. cu. Figure through the 2. cu. and turn hands above The 2. cu. does the same Then cross over and go the Figure through the 2. cu. the 2. cu being in the 1. cu. place, meet and set and cast off, then the 1. cu. cast off and begin again.

For this dance Playford printed a variant of Trumpet Voluntary composed by Jeremiah Clarke in about 1700. The tune has three strains, and Hume uses them as ABACA. Playford says "Each Strain is to be play'd twice over" but that's just his default comment.

The animation plays at 90 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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), set, cast, lead, figure eight, cast and lead, lead and cast (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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2010 by Colin Hume. 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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