Jacob Hall's Jig ~ Pat Shaw

Jacob Hall's Jig ~ Pat Shaw Jacob Hall's Jig ~ Sharp

Jacob Hall's Jig ~ Pat Shaw is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1968 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: E minor.

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

I have seen this interpretation called a "simplified" version. It isn't really. It's a more accurate interpretation of the original.

Pat Shaw often recommends using Playford's original tune for dances where Sharp used a different tune, but in this case he seems to agree with Sharp, saying "The original tune is not awfully good". (He still printed the original with his interpretation).

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).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1968 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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