Black Joak

Black Joak is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1731 in The Compleat Country Dancing-Master, Book 1, 2nd ed. It was interpreted by Michael Barraclough (website) in 2017. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

I do not have access to Walsh's 1731 book, but I found the following dance description both in Walsh, 1740 and in Wright, 1740. They are word for word identical (capitalization has been altered). Neither mentions capers (but there is a need to fill 2 bars of music).

Each Strain twice.

Hands round, all four quite round, Hands round, all four back again, clap Hands with your Partner, then clap Sides and right and left half round, then lead down and lead up, clap Hands with your Partner and right and left quite round at Top.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: circle, lead, hey, circular hey, rights and lefts (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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2017 by Michael Barraclough. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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