Bobbing Joe ~ Hume

Bobbin Jone

Bobbing Joe ~ Hume Bobbing Joe

Bobbing Joe ~ Hume or Bobbin Jone is an English Country Dance. It was found in the Lovelace Manuscript (written somewhere around the 1640s) and later published in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 2013 and published in Colin Hume's Website. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a USA dance. The minor set lasts 288 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

Lovelace writes:

Leade up twice, and sett twice, then the first man, and second woeman shall sett and fall backe, the second man, and first woeman the like, that the first man, and second woeman shall chang places, the afforesad couple the like, and soe goe on the same until all come to their places, this chanige you shall find very perfictly described in the Mayden Fayre;

Sides all, twice, and sett 2; then the first man, and second woeman shall fall backe, meete and hold right hands, the second man, and first woeman doe the like, ni holding hands acrosse; and then all foure goe round, until the 2nd couple are uppermost, and then lett goe, and each man sett to his woeman, then the same agayne unto every couple untill all ome to their places;

Armes all twice, and sett twice, then the two first couple shall leade up to each other twice, backe again, and then take hands all foure, and goe round like as before, but not take hands a crosse, and having done round soe farre, until the first couple come to stand in the place of the second couple, they shall all quitt hands, and then every man shall turne round his woeman, and so doe the same until all are in their places.

Playford writes:

Lead up forward and back That again. Set and turn S That again

First cu. slip down between the second, they slipping up Then they slip down Hands and go round First two men snap their fingers and change places Your we. do as much Do these two Changes to the last, the rest following.

Sides all That again. Set and turn S That again

First two on each side hands and go back, meet again Cast off and come to your places First four change places with your own Hands and go half round These Changes to the last.

Arms all That again. Set and turn S That again

Men back a D. meet again We. as much ·: First cu. change with the 2. on the same side Then change with your own These changes to the last.

The tune was published with the dance, and the music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software.

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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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: USA, set, turn single, circle, cast, siding, arming (and probably others).

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