The Galloping Nag

The Galloping Nag is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1721 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 1991 and published in Retreads - Vol. 5. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

Playford used the title The Gallopping Nag for two dances. The first of those appeared under the title The Black Nag in 1657, and continued as such until 1695 when it became "gallopping". In 1721 a new version of the choreography appeared, though the tune remained the same. This is the version of the dance from 1721 and 1728.

The first Man turn the 2d. Wo. with his Right hand And the first Woman the same The first Man takes his Partner and gallop down the Room, and up to the top and cast off The whole Figure at top and lead thro' the third couple, and thro' the top and turn the Tune thro' out

The tune appeared in earlier editions of the Dancing Master, originally called "The Black Nagg" and later "The Gallopping Nag", but with a different choreography.

This version was originally a triple minor.

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 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.

A11-41st corners right hand turn
5-82nd corners left hand turn
A21-81s give hands, gallop down, come back up, cast down as 2s lead up
B11-81s cross up, 2s cast down, full double figure eight
B21-41s lead down through 2s below and cast back as 2s move up outside and lead back down
5-8All partner two hand turn

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