Jamaica ~ Sharp

Jamaica ~ Cook Jamaica ~ Sharp Jamaica ~ Hume Jamaica ~ Hume, Old Style Progression

Jamaica ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:

The first man take his wo. by the right hand, then by the left, and so holding hands change places, then do the same to the 2. wo. the 1. wo. and 2 man do the same Then fall back from your own, the 1. cu. being in the 2. cu. place, go the Figure of 8 Do this to the last.
The 1. man take hands with the 2. wo. and turn her round, the 1. wo. and 2 man do as much Then the two men take hands, and the two we. take hands, and turn once and an half, then turn your own Do this to the last.

The tune was published with the dance.

The animation plays at 107 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.

I.A1-41s take right, take left turn half
5-81s face neighbors, take right, left, turn half
I.B1-81s full figure 8 up through 2s, then cross to change places with partner
II.A1-4New 1st corners two hand turn
5-82nd corners two hand turn
II.B1-4Two hand turn same sex neighbor once and a half
5-8Two hand turn partner

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