English Country Dance in Film
It always drives me nuts to hear dance tunes in movies and not know or remember what they’re called. It’s also hard to find lists of titles online except for the better known movies like “Pride and Prejudice.” So after doing a little research I’ve come up with a basic dance list for some of my favorite period movies with tunes I know. Corrections and additions welcome!
Dances in Northanger Abbey(2007):
Recordings from the Pemberly Players by Fain Music.
Pt. 2 has Lord Byron’s Maggot; Pt. 3 Childgrove; Pt. 4 Upon a Summer’s Day; Pt. 5 Lord Byron’s Maggot again; Pt. 8 The Comical Fellow and the Touchstone.
Dances in Wives and Daughters(1999):
Ep. 2 has Soldier’s Joy, Speed the Plough, Dashing White Sergeant and Trip to Paris. Ep. 4 has a pretty waltz called “The Northdown Waltz.”
Dances in Emma(1995 with Kate Beckinsdale)
Pt. 7 has Jack’s Maggot, Hole in the Wall, and Juice of Barley. Pt. 8 continues Juice of Barley and has Kelsterne Gardens. Pt. 12 has Haste to the Wedding and Mr. Isaac’s Maggot.
“Felicity: An American Girl Adventure” plays a recording if Yellow Stockings under the name of the Virginia Reel(cringe) and when Ben can’t hack it Annabelle leaves the set. Big no-no!
BBC’s 2001 version of “Lorna Doone” has several great dance bits. One here, the name of which tune I can’t recall, and “Newcastle” here. There’s also dancing in Annie’s wedding scene, with the tune “Haste to the Wedding.”
“Becoming Jane”(2007) has the requisite showing of “Hole in the Wall”(I guess it’s one of those dances that can be contrived to look steamy).
“Miss Austen Regrets”(2008) has a circle dance to an Irish tune and a waltz.