Jamaica ~ Cook

Jamaica ~ Cook Jamaica ~ Sharp Jamaica ~ Hume

Jamaica ~ Cook is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Tom Cook in about 0 and published in Colin Hume's Website. It is a 4 Couple Longways dance with the 3s, 4s improper. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 3142. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

The first man take his wo. by the right hand, then by the left, and so holding hands change places, then do the same to the 2. wo. the 1. wo. and 2 man do the same : Then fall back from your own, the 1. cu. being in the 2. cu. place, go the Figure of 8 · Do this to the last.
The 1. man take hands with the 2. wo. and turn her round, the 1. wo. and 2 man do as much : Then the two men take hands, and the two we. take hands, and turn once and an half, then turn your own · Do this to the last.

Online instructions include an introduction and finale which is "Up a double and back, that again, set and turn single, that again".

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), figure eight (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. I do not have a date for the interpretation, so it may be under copyright. 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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