The Black Nag ~ Barraclough

The Black Nagg ~ Barraclough

The Black Nag ~ Sharp The Black Nag ~ Barraclough

The Black Nag ~ Barraclough or The Black Nagg ~ Barraclough is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1657 in The Dancing Master, 3rd ed., London. It was interpreted by Michael Barraclough (website) in about 2017. 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

This is mostly the same as Sharp's interpretation. The differences are:

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

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

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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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