John the Mad Man

John the Mad Man is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed.. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1965. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
Note: Each Strain twice.
The 1st and 2d Men sett to their Partners, and ther all four single, and turn sides · Then Sett and turn single all four and turn your Partners : Then the 1st Man change places with the 2d. Wo. and the 1st Wo. with the 2d. Mand, and cast off · The 1st Man take his Partner by both Hands and draw her quite round the 1st cu. and round the 2d. cu. into the 2d. place :

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, cast, lead, draw poussette (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1965 by Bernard Bentley. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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