24: The Tumbling of Jone
for 8 in a line
mms pages 48 to 50
Playford version: none
Music:
Part 1
Verse 1, Part A
1: Lead up [a double] to one another
2: and down [a double] again
Verse 1, Part B
1: Lead up [a double]
2: [Fall back a double]
Chorus 1, Part A
1-2: Couple 1 leads down (alone) the center of the set
3-4: At the bottom, they cast off and return to their places on the outside of the set, each on their own side
Chorus 1, Part B
1-2: Couple 4 casts off and goes up to the top of the set on the outside, each on their own side
3-4: At the top, they take hands and lead down the middle back to the bottom
Part 2
Verse 2, Part A
1-2: Side [left to line up right shoulders] with your partner (and somehow try to turn single in there as well)
Verse 2, Part B
1-2: Side [right to line up left shoulders] with your opposite (ditto the above)
Chorus 2, Part A
1-2: Couple 4 takes hands and leads up through the center of the set to the top
3-4: Couple 4 casts off and goes back down to the bottom on the outside, each to their own side of the set
Chorus 2, Part B
1-2: Couple 1 casts off and goes down to the bottom, each on their own side of the set
3-4: Couple 1 takes hands and leads up through the middle to their places at the top
Part 3
Verse 3, Part A
1-2: Arm [left (right arms, walk left)] with your partner (and somehow turn single in there as well)
Verse 3, Part B
1-2: Arm [right (left arms, walk right)] with your partner (ditto the above)
Chorus 3, Part A
1-2: Couple 1 leads down to the bottom at the same time as couple 4 casts off and goes up to the top on the outside of the set
3-4: Couple 1 casts off and goes back to the top on the outside, while couple 4 leads down through the middle
Chorus 3, Part B
1-2: Couple 1 casts off and goes down to the bottom on the outside, while couple 4 leads up the middle to the top
3-4: Couple 1 takes hands and leads up through the middle while couple 4 casts off and goes down to their places on the outside of the set
Conclusions:
The name of this dance is really the hardest part to figure out; well, that and maybe how you manage to side *and* turn single in 8 beats
Unfortunately, the instructions for the first verse don't help, as they don't mention any extra movements that would indicate that there's extra music in the A-strain for a turn. There are pieces of music where the A-strain is 12 beats but since we don't know what the music for this piece is, we can't tell what is supposed to be going on.
Also, the lack of music may introduce an error in the chorus - do the couples have one or two "measures" to do their travelling? Doesn't really matter - either they're moving fast or slow. At least couples 2 and 3 get to do some resting while the chorus is going on.
The symetry of the choruses is pretty cool - top, then bottom, bottom then top, then both. Neatly done for such a simple dance. Guess it was pretty easy to Tumble (or Fumble or Jumble or whatever-mble) poor Jone