Well Done Jack

Well Done Jack is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1718 and published in Walsh's Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1718. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2002 and published in The She Favorite. Found in The Playford Assembly. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: A major.

Kynaston writes:

Each Strain twice.
The 1st. and 2d. man go back to back with their partners, and turn each a whole round and a half then back to back sides and turn as before men being improper, the 1st. cu. go right and left with the 2d. cu. half round, all dance and turn single the 1st. cu. lead through the 3d. cu. cast up and turn partners quite round

Originally a triple minor in which the 3s do nothing.

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Strong Roots. 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 is 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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts, set and link (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 © 2002 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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