King's Maggot

New York

King's Maggot or New York is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2017 and published in Elephants Stairs. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

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

The first Cu. cross over and turn The lead thro' the 3d Cu. and cast up and turn Then first Man turns the 3d Wo and the first Wo. turns the 2d Man, then turn your own Partner Then the first Man turns the 2d Wo. and his Partner the 3d Man at the same Time, then turn your own Partner The first Cu. being in the 2d Cu. Place, Hey with the 2d. Man Then Hey with the 2d Wo Then the first Man and Wo. Back to Back in the 2d. Cu. Place Then Right and Left quite round

Originally a triple minor.

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, hey, hey for three, rights and lefts, lead and cast (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 © 2017 by Andrew Shaw. 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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