The Black Nag ~ Sharp

The Galloping Nag ~ 2

The Black Nagg ~ Sharp

The Black Nag ~ Sharp The Black Nag ~ Barraclough

The Black Nag ~ Sharp or The Galloping Nag ~ 2 is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1657 in The Dancing Master, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). 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. It is in the key: D Minor.

In the 7th and 8th editions this was spelt "The Black Nag", in the 3rd-6th "The Black Nagg", in the 9th-11th "The Gallopping Nag", and in the 12th-18th "The Galloping Nag". The 18th edition gives a different choreography (see Bolton's interpretation). Millison's Jig is similar.

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. change with his own All this back again

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

The tune was published by Playford with the dance, and the music was synthesized by Colin Hume.

The animation plays at 116 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A1-4Up a Double, back
5-8Up a Double, back (repeat)
I.B11-21st couple, join hands, sashay up 4 steps
3-42nd couple, the same
5-63rd couple, the same
7-8All turn single right
I.B21-23rd couple, join hands, move down 4 steps to place
3-42nd couple, the same
5-61st couple, the same
7-8All turn single right
II.A1-4Right Siding
5-8Left Siding
II.B11-21st man, 3rd woman (long 1st corners) change places with four slip steps, leading with right shoulder passing back to back
3-41st woman, 3rd man, same
5-62nd couple, same
7-8All turn single right
II.B21-21st man, 3rd woman change places (return home)
3-41st woman, 3rd man, same
5-62nd couple, same
7-8All turn single right
III.A11-4Right Arming
5-8Left Arming
III.B11-8Men hey for 3, skipping. 1st man start with right shoulder
III.B21-6Women hey for 3
7-8Men turn single right (women finish the hey)

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