Jack a Lent
for a line of three couples.
Reconstructed by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr.
This dance has six parts, each with different repeat requirements.
Part 1 takes six full repeats of the music, once for each person dancing
Part 2 requires the chorus to be repeated three times, while parts 3 and 4 need six repeats of the chorus music
Part 5 just needs one full repeat of the music, and part 6 is back to the three chorus repeat
Music: English Country Dance Tunes for Dulcimer, Volume 1, by Mark Gilston - not enough repeats
Son of Doctored Dance Tunes - the above, patched together into the correct structure
Part 1
Verse 1, Part A
1&2: Forward a double and back
Verse 1, Part B
1&2: Forward a double and back, face your partner
Chorus 1
1: Man 1 changes places with woman 2 in a double
2: Man 1 turns single
3: Man 1 changes places with man 3
4: Man 1 turns single
Repeats: After leading up and back twice, woman 1 does the same set of changes
This gets repeated four more times, until everyone is back where they started
Part 2
Verse 2, Part A
1&2: Forward a double and back
Verse 2, Part B
1&2: Forward a double and back, face your partner
Chorus 2, first repeat
1: Couple 1 change places (cross over) in a double
2: Couple 1 fall into couple 2's place by doubling around the outside of them
3: Couple 1 change places in a double
4: Couple 1 fall into couple 3's place by doubling around the outside of them
Chorus 2, second repeat
1: Couple 2 (at the top of the line) change places (cross over) in a double
2: Couple 2 fall into couple 2's place by doubling around the outside of them
3: Couple 2 change places in a double
4: Couple 2 fall into couple 3's place by doubling around the outside of them
Chorus 2, third repeat
1: Couple 3 (at the top of the line) change places (cross over) in a double
2: Couple 3 fall into couple 2's place by doubling around the outside of them
3: Couple 3 change places in a double
4: Couple 3 fall into couple 3's place by doubling around the outside of them
Part 3
Verse 3, Part A
1&2: Forward a double and back
Verse 3, Part B
1&2: Forward a double and back, face your partner
Chorus 3, first repeat
1: Couple 1 and couple 2 switch by going under couple 2's arms
2: Couple 1 and couple 3 switch by couple 3 going under their arms
3: Couple 1 turns and switches back with couple 3 by going under their arms
4: Couple 1 returns to place by couple 2 going under their arm
Chorus 3, second repeat
1-4: Cast off to invert the line, but couple 1 is the only one that stays at the bottom - the rest go between them so that couple 2 is in couple 1's place, etc.
Chorus 3, third repeat
1-4: Couple 2 does the sort-of-hey, going under couple 3 and "over" couple 1, then back the other way.
Chorus 3, fourth repeat
1-4: Cast off to invert the line, couple 2 remaining at the bottom, couple 3 becoming the new couple 1, etc
Chorus 3, fifth repeat
1-4: Couple 3 does the sort-of-hey, going under couple 1 and "over" couple 2, then back the other way.
Chorus 3, sixth repeat
1-4: Cast off to invert the line, couple 3 remaining at the bottom and the rest returning to their proper places in the order
Part 4
Verse 4, Part A
1&2: Forward a double and back
Verse 4, Part B
1&2: Forward a double and back, face your partner
Chorus 4, first repeat
1: Couple 1 double down to stand before couple 3
2: Man 1 turn man 3, woman 1 turn woman 3, each in the same double
3: Couple 1 turn and take the respective people in couple 2 and turn them, each in the same double
4: Couple 1 return to their places at the top of the line in a double
Chorus 4, second repeat
1-4: Cast off to invert the line, but couple 1 is the only one that stays at the bottom - the rest go between them so that couple 2 is in couple 1's place, etc.
Chorus 4, third repeat
1-4: Couple 2 (at the top of the line) does the same as couple 1 did - double down, turn the last couple, turn the middle couple, double back to place
Chorus 4, fourth repeat
1-4: Cast off to invert the line, couple 2 remaining at the bottom, couple 3 becoming the new couple 1, etc
Chorus 4, fifth repeat
1-4: Couple 3 (at the top of the line) does the same as the other couples did - double down, turn the last couple, turn the middle couple, double back to place
Chorus 4, sixth repeat
1-4: Cast off to invert the line, couple 3 remaining at the bottom and the rest returning to their proper places in the order
Part 5
Verse 5, Part A
1&2: Forward a double and back
Verse 5, Part B
1&2: Forward a double and back, face your partner
Chorus 5, only repeat
1&2: Set and turn single, left
3&4: Set and turn single, right
Part 6
Verse 6, Part A
1&2: Forward a double and back
Verse 6, Part B
1&2: Forward a double and back, face your partner
Chorus 6, first repeat
1: Couple 1 does a double down so that they are between couples 2 and 3 (couple 2 slips up), man 1 takes both hands with man 3, woman 1 takes both hands with woman 3
2: Man 1 and man 3 switch places in a double as woman 1 and woman 3 do the same
3&4: The two pairs that switched places continue turning all the way around in two doubles (totalling once and a half around), so that couple 1 ends up as the last couple in the set
At the same time, couple 2 (at the top of the set) turns each other all the way around
Chorus 6, second repeat
1: Couple 2 does a double down and each take both hands with the last couple
2: Each half of couple 2 and the last couple switch places
3&4: The two pairs that switched places continue turning all the way around in two doubles (totalling once and a half around), so that couple 2 ends up as the last couple in the set
At the same time, couple 3 (at the top of the set) turns each other all the way around
Chorus 6, third repeat
1: Couple 3 does a double down and each take both hands with the last couple
2: Each half of couple 3 and the last couple switch places
3&4: The two pairs that switched places continue turning all the way around in two doubles (totalling once and a half around), so that couple 3 ends up as the last couple in the set
At the same time, couple 1 (at the top of the set) turns each other all the way around