Captain Corbet's Maggot

Captain Corbet's Maggot is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Philippe Callens in 2003 and published in Antwerp Antics. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 20 bars. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate.

Playford writes:

Note each strain twice

The first Cu. cast off below the 2d Cu The 2d Cu. do the same The first Cu. Figure in, and then Right and Left quite round Then Hands across quite round, then the first Cu. cast off and turn Hands in the 2d Cu. Place


Or thus:The first Man and 2d Wo. Foot it and turn single The other Cu. do the same Then the first Man changes Places with the 2d. Wo. and the 2d with the first Wo. then Hands quite round Then all four turn single; then the first Cu. cross over, Figure in and cast off

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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: set, turn single, turn single cloverleaf, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, double figure eight (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2003 by Philippe Callens. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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