Top and Bottom is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in about 1750 in Caledonian Country Dances: with a through bass for y hopsicord, book 2. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1971 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 4. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 40 bars.
Bentley says this book lacks a title page, but he gives a call number for it from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. The book in their catalogue which currently bears that call number is Caledonian Country Dances: with a through bass for y hopsicord, book 2 published by John Johnson.
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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, hands across, hey, hey for three, rights and lefts (and probably others).
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I do not have a publication date for the dance and not know whether it is under copyright or not. The interpretation is copyright © 1971 by Bernard Bentley. 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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