A Trip to the Jubilee ~ Essex

A Trip to the Jubilee ~ Essex is an English Country Dance. It was devised by John Essex in 1698 and published in A Supplement to the Dancing Master, 9th ed., London. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1962 and published in Another Look at Playford. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Essex appears to have devised this dance and Playford published it, then Essex later republished it himself using Feuillet diagrams rather than words.

Playford titles the dance A Trip... while Essex titles it The Trip...

Playford writes:

Frist cu. slip over and turn single, lead up side-ways; the 2. cu. cross over at the 2d. Barr of the Tune, and lead up sides and back again; then slip side ways and turn single, and turn your wo. in their places; then lead your Partner up, and the 1. cu. cast off, and then they lead up and cast off, and each take your wo with both hands and turn them round, and slip back to back, the 1. cu. cast off.Last Strain once.

Essex describes this dance with diagrams which I shall not reproduce, you may find them on page 25 (and following) of For the Further Improvement of Dancing.

The Jubilee in question is the Catholic Church's Holy Year of Jubilee, 1700 in Rome. There is another "Trip to the Jubilee" in Thompson (1757) which was for George II's twenty fifth year on the throne of the UK (1752). There is yet another "Trip to the Jubilee" in Rutherford (1756).

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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), set, turn single, turn single cloverleaf, cast, lead, cast and lead, lead and cast (and probably others).

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