Braye's Magott

Braye's Magott is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Bray in 1699 and published in Country Dances: Being a Composition Entirely New, London. It was interpreted by Diana Cruickshank in 2001. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Bray writes:

First Strain twice, last but once.

The 1st. Man goes on the outside of his Wo. till he comes betwixt the 1st. and 2d. Wo. then take his Wo. by the left Hand and the 2d. Wo. by the right and fall back all on a row, and lead in to the middle of the Room, 2d. fall back when they fall back, and meet them in the middle of the Room right against the 1st. Man The 1st. Man goeth the Hay with both the We. till he comes to the same place again beginning on the inside of his own Wo. First the 2d. Man go round the other three at the same time to the same place again with his left Hand to them. Then the 2d. Man goes the Hay with his Wo. first, and the 1st. Man goes round with his left Hand to them, as before. This is half the last Strain. Then the 1st. Man takes his Wo. by both Hands and pulls her to him into the 2d. cu. place, as at first, 2d. Man pulls his Wo. to him at the same time, and puts her into the 1st. cu. place, as at first, then each man turn his Wo. round with both hands · And so to the end.

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. 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, poussette, draw poussette, hey (and probably others).

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