Jamaica ~ Cook

Jamaica ~ Cook Jamaica ~ Sharp Jamaica ~ Hume Jamaica ~ Hume, Old Style Progression

Jamaica ~ Cook is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed., London. It was interpreted by Tom Cook sometime before 2020-03-11 and published in Colin Hume's Website. Originally proper this version is a 4 Couple Longways dance with the 3s, 4s improper. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 2413. It is a multipart dance. The minor set 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 tune was published with the dance, and the music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software.

The animation plays at 107 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 (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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), figure eight, back to back (and probably others).

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