The Black Nag

The Galloping Nag ~ 2

The Black Nag or The Galloping Nag ~ 2 is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1657. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1911. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up a D. forward and back · That again :First Cu. take both hands and 4 slips up and stand, the 2 Cu. as much, the 3.Cu. slip up, turn all S : Last Cu. slip down, the 2. as much, the first as much, turn all single :

Sides all · That again :First man and last wo. change places, first wo. and last man change, the 2. cange with his own : All this back again :

Arms all · That again :The men single hey : We. as much :

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dance contains the following figures: USA, turn single, hey (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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