Well Done Jack ~ RSCDS

Well Done Jack Well Done Jack ~ RSCDS

Well Done Jack ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1718 and published in Walsh's Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1718, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1979 and published in RSCDS Book 29. It is J8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. J32.

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

The animation plays at 120 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. 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, rights and lefts, lead and cast, back to back (and probably others).

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