The White Joak

The White Joak ~ Triple The White Joak

The White Joak is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1731 in The Compleat Country Dancing-Master, Book 1, 2nd ed. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in 1966 and published in Another Look at Playford. Originally proper this version is a 3 Couple Longways dance with the 1s improper. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Walsh writes:
The 1st Man with his Right Hand turns the 2d Wo. First Wo. at the same Time turns the 2d Man with her left Hand, then the 1st Man turns his Partner with his left Hand in the 2d. Cu. Place The 1st Cu. does the same with the 3d The 1st Cu. cross up above the 3d, Right and Left quite round with the 2d Cu. The 1st and 3d Cu. Hands down abreast and all foot it, the 1st Cu. half figures thought the 3d and turn in the 2d Cu. Place.

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, figure eight, hey, rights and lefts, bend the line (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 itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1966 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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