Well Hall

Well Hall is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1679 in The Dancing Master, 6th ed.. It was interpreted by Frank von Cleef in 1982. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Honour to the Presence, the to your we. Lead up all forward and back, that again.
The 1. man turns his own wo. once and a half, and goes into the 2. place and cross over, and the 2. man and wo. being in the 1. place does the same, then the 1. man and 2. wo. change places, and the 1. wo. and 2. man do the same, then hands all together and go half round into your own places and turn S. then the 1. wo. and 2. man cross ovar, and the 1. man and 2. wo. do the same, then all take hands and go half round into their own plaes, then the 1. cu. cast off into the 2. place; and so on to the end.

The animation plays at 109 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), turn single, turn single cloverleaf, circle, cast, 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 © 1982 by Frank von Cleef. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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