Jack's Health ~ Morrison is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1721 in The Dancing Master, 17th ed.. It was interpreted by James Morrison, Pat Shaw (website) in 1973. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Playford has two somewhat different descriptions of this dance, the first appeared in the 6th edition of the Dancing Master in 1679, and the second in the 17th edtion of 1721. This seems to follow the second version more closely.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice overThe first cu. cross over and turn, the Wo leave off on the Man's side and the Man on the Wo's side Then the Man back to back with the Wo. and the Wo. back to back with the Man, and both turn hands Then the 1. Man and 2. Wo. lead to the Wall, and the 1. Wo. and 2. Man lead to the Wall at the same time, then lead in again, and all turn single Right and Left quite round, and turn your Partner.
Playford writes (in 1679):
Honour to the Presence, then to your we. Lead up all forward and back, that again
The 1. cu. cross over with the 2. cu. and back to back, the 1 man being on the 1. wo side, then the 1. man back to back with the 2. wo. and the 1. wo. back to back with the 2. man, the 1. man leading the 2. wo. to the Presences, and the 1. wo. with the 2. man lead down at the same time, then all four face together, and hands right an left to the end.
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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, turn single cloverleaf, rights and lefts, back to back (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1973 by James Morrison. 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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