Old Noll's Jig

Old Noll's Jig is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1702 in Twenty Four New Country Dances. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. man turn single into the 1. wo. place, the 1. wo. does the same at the same time and set to their Partners, and cast off The other cu. do the same Then right-hands a-cross, and left-hands back again; Then Figure through the 2.cu. and make two hops, and cast off, and turn to their own sides.
Note: The Last Strain is to be play'd but once.

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.

A11-41s partner change turning single then set
5-81s long cast down as 2s lead up
A21-42s partner change turning single then set
5-82s long cast down as 1s lead up
B1-4Right hands across...
5-8... and left hands back
9-121s cross, M1 loops clockwise round W2 as W1 loops counter-clockwise around M2, both jumping on the last beat and returning to places
13-161s cast down and two hand turn half as 2s two hand spiral up to proper

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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