Dick's Maggot

Dick's (Alternate) Maggot Dick's Maggot ~ Hume Dick's Maggot

Dick's Maggot is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1702 in Twenty Four New Country Dances. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 16 bars.

This is a slight modification of Sharp's interpretation: Couples take hands when they cross, and retain that clasp for the lead.

Playford writes:

The 1. cu. cross over, and the 2. cu. casts off · Then change places across · Then cast up in your own places, and back to back, then Right and Left and turn ·

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, hey, circular hey (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 out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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