Jack's Maggot

Jack's Maggot is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1702 in Twenty Four New Country Dances. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: D major.

Playford writes:
The 1: Man goes the Hey with the 2. Wo The 1. Wo. goes the Hey with the 2 Man Then Right-hands a-cross and Left-hands back again The 1. Man changing Places with the 2. Wo. the 2. Man changing Places with the 1. Wo. then Hands half round and cast off

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

The animation plays at 115 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.

A11-8Man1 hey with the two women
A21-8Woman1 hey with the two men
B11-4Right hand star ~3/4
5-8Left hand star back home
B21-21st Corners right cross
3-42nd Corners right cross
5-6Circle left half
7-81s cast, 2s lead

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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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