Juno and Pallas

Green Stockings ~ Cook

Juno and Pallas or Green Stockings ~ Cook is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed., London. It was interpreted by Tom Cook in 1975 and published in Come Let's Be Merry. Originally improper this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. Originally this was a single progression dance. The dance lasts 136 bars. It is in the key: G Minor.

Playford writes:

First all lead up forward and back again That again The first Couple go back to back, then Right-hands round one turn and a half, then clap Hands, first your own, then one of each others, then walk out to the Wall, then back again, and back to back as before, the Man on the Wo. side and Wo. on the Men's; and in the last Part, after clapping Hands, then lead to the Wall and back again.

Tom Cook points out that this figure was used for the dance Green Stockings from Playford's Dancing Master, 5th edition (1675) but with different music. Green Stockings calls for a 4 couple set, while Juno and Pallas says "Longways for as many as will".

Tom Cook's interpretation of the dance seems to fit a duple minor dance where the top couple becomes improper on the first iteration of the dance (but does not progress), thereafter the progress (and remain improper). Basically he spells out all the movements of a duple minor dance that only has 3 couples (using the starting and ending conventions of Playford's day).

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

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

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