Mr. Beveridge's Maggot ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.
This dance may have been devised by Mr. Beveridge, a London dancing master. Playford mentions in a note to the 1695 edition that Mr. Beveridge made some of the dances in that work.
The 1. man cross over and go back to back with the 2. wo. then the 1. wo. cross over and go back to back with the 2. man at the same time: Then meet and turn S. then 1. man turn the 2. wo. with his right hand, and 1. wo. turn the 2. man with her right hand at the same time, then 1. cu. take left hands and turn into their own places: The 1. cu. cross over into the 2. cu. place, and go back to back with their Partner, then all four lead up hands abrest, then go the Figure through, and cast off into the 2. cu. place.
Note: The first Strain is to be played twice, and the second but once.
The Playford text is, as is so often the case, imprecise, and there are many variants of this dance.
It is hard to see how to fit all the figures in the time given. Sharp has added a second playing of the B strain to make that section fit the music.
The tune, also called Mr. Beveridge's Maggot, 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 A Playford Ball. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
The animation plays at 100 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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, cast, lead, figure eight (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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