Red Joak

Red Joak is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1731 in The Compleat Country Dancing-Master, Book 1, 2nd ed. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1964 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Walsh writes:
The 1st and 2d Cu. go Arms quite round, and the 1st Cu. cast off, then the 1st Cu. being in the 2d Cu. Place lead down, and the 2d up, then the 1st Cu. lead thro' the 2d Cu. and cast off into the 2d. Cu. Place The 2d Cu. go right and left with the 1st Cu. half rund, which brings the 1st Cu. in their own Places; the 1st Man change Places with the 2d Wo. and the 1st Wo. with the 2d Man, then the 1st Cu. being in the 2d Cu. Place, slip up and down and up again, and cast off and turn, the 2d Cu. change Places at the same Time, and so to the End.

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: cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts, cast and lead, lead and cast, arming (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 © 1964 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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