Jacob Hall's Jig

Jacob Hall's Jig is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. Man turn the 2. Wo. by the Right-hand once round, then take the 1. Wo. by the Left, and all three Hands quite round · The 2. Man turn the 1. Wo. by the Left-hand once round, then take the 2. Wo. by the RIght, and all three Hands quite round : The 1. cu. lead down the middle, and then up, then all four Hands a-breast and lead up the 1. cu. fall in the middle, and all four Hands quite round tilll the 1. cu. comes into the 2. cu. Place, then lead thro' and cast off ·

The tune, Under and Over. was taken from a different edition of Playford than the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Simple Pleasures. 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), circle, cast, lead, bend the line (and probably others).

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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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