Paston's Maggot ~ Williams

Paston's Maggot ~ Bentley Paston's Maggot ~ Williams Paston's Maggot ~ A. Shaw

Paston's Maggot ~ Williams is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

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

The first and 2d Cu. take Hands a-cross, and go half round, then the first Cu. Right and Left with the 3d Cu Then first Cu. cross up above the 3d Cu. they change Places at the same Time, then Right and Left with the 2d Cu The first and 2d Men clap Hands with their Partners; then clap Sides and turn Then the first Cu. Figure thro' the 2d Cu. and turn down the middle into the 2d Cu's Place

I think Bentley missed some of the dance's symmetry, and offer this as an alternative.

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 dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-21s+2s right hands across half
3-81s+3s face partners, three changes of rights and lefts
A21-21s cross up as 3s cast down
3-81s+2s face partners, three changes of rights and lefts
B11-21s+2s partner clap (own, partner's right, own, partner's left)
3-41s+2s neighbor clap (own, neighbor's right, own, neighbor's left)
5-8Neighbor two hand turn
B21-41s half figure eight down through the 2s
5-82s cross, go above as 1s two hand spiral down to 2nd place 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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