George's Maggot #2 ~ Duple

George's Maggot #2 ~ Duple George's Maggot #2 ~ Triple

George's Maggot #2 ~ Duple is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford has two dances named "George's Maggot" (or "Magott"), they have different tunes and different choreographies. The first first appeared in 1701, and the second in 1710.

Playford writes:

Note: The first Strain is to be play'd twice, and the last but once.

The first Couple lead between the second Couple and turn, Improper, then Figure thro' the third Couple The second Couple do the same The first Man slips within the second Couple, and takes the second Woman, and leads her thro' the third Couple, and cast up, the first Woman and second Man take Hands and turn quite round at the same Time, the the first Woman takes her Partner by both his Hands and brings him to his Place, and Sett and cast off

The only difficulty I see in interpetting this dance is that there are 32 bars of music, but Playford's movements only account for about 28. I have dealt with this be having the final cast loop below the 3s (or in this case well below the 2s) and come back up.

The next issue is that the 3s do absolutely nothing, so the modern world would prefer this to be a duple minor, and nothing really needs to change for that to happen. (Though it might be nice to have the half figure 8s be up rather than down so they stay in the same minor set.)

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 dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-21s lead down as 2s cast up
3-41s two hand turn half
5-81s half figure eight down around next 2s
A21-22s lead down as 1s cast up
3-42s two hand turn half
5-82s half figure eight down around next 1s
B1-2M1 slips between the 2s
3-6M1+W2 lead down and cast up as W1+M2 two hand turn
7-8W1 takes M1 by both hands, bringing him back to place
9-101s set
11-161s cast well below 2s and lead up to 2nd place as 2s lead up

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