Jockey and Jenny

Flora's Vagaries ~ Cook

Jockey and Jenny or Flora's Vagaries ~ Cook is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1716 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1716. It was interpreted by Tom Cook in 1975 and published in Come Let's Be Merry. Originally proper this version is a 3 Couple Longways dance with the 1s improper. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 56 bars.

Playford (I can't find the original Kynaston) writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

First Cu. take Hands, Sett to the 2d Cu. and cast off, then Sett to the 3d Cu. and turn single First Cu. cross up to the Top and Figure thro' the 2d Cu. First Cu. Sett, first Man cast off and go below the 3d Man, the first Wo. follow him below the 2d Man at the same Time First Wo. cast up and Figure round the 2d Wo. the first Man at the same Time follow her above the 2d Man, then both cast off

Originally found in Kynaston as Flora's Vagaries it was copied into the Dancing Master in 1718 but was renamed "Jockey and Jenny" in the 1726.

The animation plays at 120 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. 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), set, turn single, cast, lead, figure eight, siding, cross go below (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 © 1975 by Tom Cook. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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