Fourpence, Ha'penny, Farthing #1

The Jockey #1

Fourpence, Ha'penny, Farthing #1 or The Jockey #1 is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1688 in The Dancing Master, 7th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. man set to the 2. wo. and then fall back and turn one S. then 1. wo. and 2. man do the like, then 1. man cross over with the 2. wo. and 1. 2o. with the 2. man, then 1. cu. geing in the 2. cu. place go the half Figure, and the other cu. go the half Figure through, then turn their own Partners.

This appeared as The Jockey in a suppliment to the 7th edition of the Dancing Master. in the 14th edition it became Four Pence half-Peny Farthing or The Jockey, and in the 17th edition it acquired a different choreography to the same name (or almost the same name Four Pence Half-Penny Farthing or The Jockey.

The tune was published with the dance by Playford. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Mrs. Beveridge's Triumph. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 111 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, figure eight (and probably others).

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