Soulton Jigg ~ Herman

Soulton Jigg ~ Herman Soulton Jigg ~ Wright

Soulton Jigg ~ Herman is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, London. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman (website) in 2009 and published in Serendipity. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes

Note: The first Strain twice, the last but once.
The first Couple Sett and cast off, then clap Hands and turn Sides; the second couple do the same. This to the first Strain play'd twice. The first Man change Places with the second Womon, and the first Woman with the second Man, then all four Sett and turn single; then Right and Left Hands half round, then Sett and cast off. This to the last Strain play'd once.

Fried credits this dance to Walsh, but it is one of many he stole from John Young (Playford).

Walsh writes

The 1st strain is to be play'd twice and the last but onee over.
The 1st Cu. sett and cast off then clap Hands and turn Sides the 2d Cu. do the same 1st Man change Places with the 2d Wo. and the 1st Wo. with the 2d Man then all four sett and turn single then right hands and left half round then sett and cast off

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, cast, lead, rights and lefts (and probably others).

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