Well's Humour

Well's Humour ~ Duple Well's Humour

Well's Humour is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:

The 1. cu. cross over behind the 2. cu. and lead through the 3. cu. then cross again into their Places above and turn single; then 1. Man change Places with the 2. Wo. and the 1. Wo. with the 2. Man, Hands half round, then Right and Left till you come into the 2. cu. Place.

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 dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-41s cross go below the 2s and lead between the 3s
A21-31s cross again to to the top
4-41s turn single
B1-2M1+W2 change, W1+M2 change
3-4Circle left half
5-81s+2s face partner three changes of rights and lefts

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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