The Jovial Beggars

The Jovial Beggars is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1989. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 28 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. man cast off below the 2. man into the 2. wo's place, the 1. wo. follows her Partner into the 2. man's place, To the first Strain once The 1. wo. in the 2. man's place cast up into her own place and the man follows her into his own place : The 1. man take his Partner and lead through the 2. cu. and back again and cast off; The second Strain once All four lead up hands abreast, lead through and cast off into the 2. cu. place; The second Strain twice The rest do the like.

The tune, Jovial Beggars, was published by Playford with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album At Home. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

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 (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 dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4M1 cast down, W1 chase, 2s move up, M1 end in W2 spot
5-61s left half gypsy to proper
A21-4W2 cast down, M2 chase, 1s move up, W2 end in M2 spot
5-62s right half gypsy to proper
B11-41s lead down, turn lead up between 2s
5-82s gate 1s up into a line of four
B21-4Up a double and back
5-81s lead up, cast down while 2s meet and lead up

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1989 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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