The Cuckoo

The Cookow

The Cookow The Cuckoo

The Cuckoo or The Cookow is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1703 in The Dancing Master, 12th ed.. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 2010 and published in Colin Hume's Website. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. Someone thought this dance was Easy / Intermediate.

Playford writes:
The first Man goes back to back with the second Woman; then turn Right-hands with her; the first Woman and the second Man do the same. The first Couple take both Hands and go half round, and back again; the cross over and half Figure; then all four quite round. The first Strain twice and the second once, and Repeat.

The "Repeat" mentioned in the italics does not mean to repeat the entire B strain, but only the last 4 bars (which are marked [dal segno]).

The tune was published with the dance.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), circle, lead, figure eight (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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