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Black Nag Author: Published by John Playford, 1670.
Formation: Set dance., 3. couples
3 couple longways proper.Part 1: A1:
All lead up a double forwards and back.A2:
1-6 top couple four chassés up : then middle couple : then bottom couple.B1:
7-8 all turn single.B2:
1-6 bottom couple four chassés down : then middle : then top.B2:
7-8 all turn single.Part 2: A1:
Side right with partner *.A2:
Side left with partner.B1:
1-4 1st man and bottom woman change places (one double to pass and turn to face each other; second double to fall back into opposite person's original place).B1:
3-6 middle couple change places.B1:
5-8 bottom couple change places.
Note that these moves overlap.B2:
Repeat B1 to return to original places.Part 3: A1:
Arm right with partner.A2:
Arm left with partner.B1:
Men do a reel of 3, starting with top 2 men passing right shoulders.B2:
Women do reel of 3 - if top 2 women start by passing left shoulders, two of the women end naturally facing their partners.
Repeat several times. A dance to lend variety.
*Siding: "Face your partner. Just like up-a-double and back: you go forward to stand beside your partner right shoulder to right shoulder, pause for a deep and meaningful glance at each other and then fall back to place. You often side twice: right shoulder to right the first time and then left to left the second time." From Hugh Stewart's book (see Resources page).
This interpretation is based on Michael Barraclough's version
, used with permission.
Music: Own tune