Well House

Well House is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1708 in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1708. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2009 and published in Farnicle Huggy. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Walsh writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be Play'd twice over.

All four abreast lead forward and backward 1. cu. cross over turn your partners round all four lead forward and backward the 2. cu. do as the 1. did the two men clap hands with their partner turn single foot it the 1. cu. cast off, the 2. cu. two hands up att the same time the 1. cu. being in the 2. cu. place clap hands with the 3. cu. turn single foot it lead through the 3. cu. and cast up into the 2. cu. place

Probably a triple minor originally.

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), turn single, turn single cloverleaf, cast, lead, lead and cast (and probably others).

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