Hooper's Jigg ~ Williams

Hooper's Jigg ~ Duple Hooper's Jigg ~ Williams Hooper's Jig ~ RSCDS

Hooper's Jigg ~ Williams is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in 1751 in A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol. 6th, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Rutherford published the same figure a few years after Johnson, and his work is online. (The RSCDS calls this dance "Hooper's Jig")

Rutherford writes:

The first Couple Clap & cast off & Hands across with the 3d. Cu. Clap & cast up & Hands across with the 2d. Cu. Cross over figure in Right Hand & Left

The music is the standard: two 8 bar strains, each repeated, and as is often the case with Rutherford I find it hard to fit the figures to it. My solution is to make both casts be long casts.

Then there is the problem of what to make of Cross over figure in, The only thing I can think of is a figure eight.

Then there is the question of progression. We could have three changes of rights and lefts to do the progression, but we've got 8 bars for the rights and lefts...

So I'm going to move the progression into the figure eight, and make it a double figure eight (because the 2s have to progress too).

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.

A11-41s clap and long cast down as 2s wait and lead up
5-81s+3s right hands across
A21-41s clap and long cast up as 2s wait and lead down
5-81s+2s left hands across
B11-61s cross down, 2s cast up, full double figure eight
7-81s lead down as 2s cast up
B21-81s+2s face partner four changes of rights and lefts

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2022 by George Williams. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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