Whimbleton House ~ Kennedies

Whimbleton House ~ Hume Whimbleton House ~ Kennedies Whimbleton House ~ Pat Shaw

Whimbleton House ~ Kennedies is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Douglas & Helen Kennedy in 1929 and published in Country Dance Book, New Series. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:

The 1. cu. cast off and lead up all 4. with the 2. cu The 1. man turns the 2. wo. the 1. wo. turns the 2. man Set all four to the 3. cu. half Figure, and cross over below the 2. cu.
Note: The second Strain played once.

Originally a triple minor.

Colin Hume has a long argument with himself on whether the A strain is in duple time (as Playford) indicates), or quintuple time. He finally settles on triple time for the whole dance (as did the Kennedies here).

The tune was published with the dance.

The animation plays at 92 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, figure eight, cross go below (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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