Blackheath


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Interpreted:
Kalia Kliban (2011)
Original:
Dancing Master, 1701-1728
Source:
Kalia Kliban
Formation:
Longways duple proper
Music:
Specific tune - Blackheath, Dancing Master, 1701-1728

A1
1-4
Men dance (cw) around their partner
 
5-8
1s lead through 2s (below) and cast back
 
 
 
A2
1-4
Ladies dance (ccw) around their partner
 
5-8
2s lead through 1s (above) and cast back
 
 
 
B
1-2
1st corners balance forward & back
 
3-4
2nd corners balance forward & back
 
5-12
1s whole figure eight (down)
 
13-16
1s meet and two-hand turn down while 2s cast up


© Kalia Kliban, 2011

Notes
1
Inspired by the original dance Blackheath in the 11th edn of Playford's Dancing Master (1701) and interpretations by Fried de Metz Herman (Choice Morsels, 1989) and Bert Simons (Kentish Hops, 1991). The As have been modified slightly, the B significantly and the dance has been converted from a triple minor/3 couple set into a duple minor.
 
 
 
 
2
B 5-12 can be a double figure of eight if the 2s wish to join in
 
 
 
 
3
The tune is published in:
  • Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master, 1985) #417, p93
  • Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, Vol 2, 2005)
  • Simons (Kentish Hops Collection) p4
  • Hermann (Choice Morsels, 1989) p6

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