The Jack's Farewell is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.
The 1. cu. meet and set to the 2. cu. and turn S. This to the first Strain played once Then meet and set to their own Partners and turn; This to the first Strain played twice
Then all four hands half round and cross over with your own Partners; This to the second Strain played once The 1. cu. go the Figure through the 2. cu. and turn their own Partners; This to the second Strain played twice
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.
|A1||1-4||1s set forward to 2s and turn single back to place|
|A2||1-4||Set forward to partner and turn single back|
|B1||1-2||Circle left half|
|B2||1-2||1s half figure eight up (quickly)|
|3-4||1s two hand turn half|
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