The Saucy Sailor

The Saucy Sailor is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Marjorie Heffer & William Porter in 1932 and published in Maggot Pie. It is a Facing Couples Becket dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 96 bars.

Maggot Pie calls for a cast counter-clockwise in III.B1 but this doesn't flow nicely into the subsequent clockwise circle. We could change the circle to counter-clockwise, but that doesn't flow into a clockwise gypsy (the gypsy must be clockwise, a counter-clockwise three quarter gypsy goes to neighbor rather than partner). So I have turned the cast into a cast right. I suspect this is yet another misprint in Maggot Pie.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, gypsy, circle, cast, mad robin (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 is copyright © 1932 by Marjorie Heffer & William Porter. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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