Petticoat Wag

The Taylor's Daughter

Petticoat Wag or The Taylor's Daughter is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1989. It is a 4 Couple Longways dance with the 3s, 4s improper. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up forwards and back, turn back to back, faces again · All that again : First man cross and go behind the 2. wom. the first wo. going behind the 2. man, peep twice at each other, fall into the 2. place on your own side · Do thus to the last, the rest following in order.

Sides all, and as before · That again : First cu. cross between the 2. fall into the 2. place, cross again, fall into the 2. place on your own side · Do thus to the last, the rest following in order :

Arms all, and as before · That again : The two first men take both hands change places, the we. as much, set and turn single · Do thus to the last, the rest following.

Originally a duple minor dance.

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 dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

I.A11-4Up a double, and fall back
5-8Turn away from partner to face down, turn back to face partner
I.A21-4Down a double, and fall back
5-8Turn away from partner to face down, turn back to face partner
I.B11-2End couple cross go behind middles (into lines of four across the set), while middles turn to face up or down and make an arch
3-4Ends peep at partner under the arch, then peep on the other side
5-6Ends move in, under arch while middles move out
7-8Original ends (now middles) two hand turn partner half
I.B21-2All that again, new ends cross
3-4Ends peep
5-6Dip and dive
7-8Two hand turn partner proper
II.A11-4Right Siding
5-8Turn left to face wall, turn back to face partner
II.A21-4Left Siding
5-8Turn right to face wall, turn back to face partner
II.B11-2Middles move out, ends cross in face neighbor
3-8In the center, facing neighbor, three changes of rights and lefts
II.B21-2New middles move out, ends cross in face neighbor
3-8In the center, facing neighbor, three changes of rights and lefts
III.A11-4Right Arming
5-8Turn left to face wall, turn back to face partner
III.A21-4Left Arming
5-8Turn right to face wall, turn back to face partner
III.B11-2In groups of four at the ends: Neighbor two hand turn half
3-4M1+W2,M4+W3 change
5-8Partner set and turn single
III.B21-2Opposite two hand turn half
3-4M2+W1,M3+W4 change
5-8Partner set and turn single

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1989 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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