Fourpence, Ha'penny, Farthing #2

The Jockey #2

Fourpence, Ha'penny, Farthing #2 or The Jockey #2 is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1721 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the first, 17th ed., London. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 2000 and published in Retreads Vol.8. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The first Man turn the 2. Wo. with his Right-hand and his Partner with his Left Then the 1. cu. lead thro' the 2. cu. and turn at top Then cross over and half Figure at top, and Right and Left quite round Then lead thro' the 3. and thro' the 2. cu. and turn the Tune out.

Originally a triple minor.

A dance called The Jockey appeared in a suppliment to the 7th edition of the Dancing Master. in the 14th edition it became Four Pence half-Peny Farthing or The Jockey, and in the 17th edition it acquired a different choreography (this one) to the same name (or almost the same name Four Pence Half-Penny Farthing or The Jockey) and tune.

The tune was published with the dance by Playford. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Mrs. Beveridge's Triumph. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 111 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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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 interpretations like 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
5-8All partner left hand turn
A21-41s lead down and cast back as 2s cast up and lead down
5-8Partner two hand turn
B11-81s cross go below and half figure eight up as 2s continue two hand turning another half, half figure eight up and lead up
B21-8Facing partner four changes of rights and lefts

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