Jeanne Qui Saute

Submitted by Andrew Swaine on Tue, 2018-03-20, 08:51
Historical sources
Set formation

Translates as “Jumping Jean” – and they mean it!

Also appears in DM1-10 as “Joan's Placket”.

A version of this tune is better known today as Cock o' the North.

Originally this would have gradually progressed around a longways set starting from 1C but I prefer to start it in a circle these days.

A1 (4) Side right shoulders
A2 (4) Side left shoulders
B1 (8) 8 jumps, landing on both feet each time, alternately to the left, right, left, right, left, right, left and right (4)
Two-hand turn the normal way (4)
B2 (8) 8 jumps, landing on both feet each time, alternately to the right, left, right, left, right, left, right and left (4)
Two-hand turn the other way (anticlockwise) and move onto the next person (4)
T:Jeanne qui Saute
d|B2B B>AG|A2A A2d|B>cB A>GF|G2G G2:|
|:d|G2d e2d|G2d e2d|G2d d>cB|A2A A2d|
B2B B>AG|A2A A2d|B>cB A>GF|G2G G2:|
%%text Original in 6/4

It's worth just having a look at Feuillet's notation, designed to capture the most sophisticated ballets the French could devise, being used to notate jumping in the air eight times:

The dotted lines indicate the passing of time without moving on the floor, the little arrows on the dotted lines are actually feet pointing outwards (so indicate facing the opposite way to the way to might expect) and each of the symbols with lines on and a circle at the end indicate landing on the flat of the foot.

Joan's Placket is described as follows:

The first couple sides of one side  ·  and on the other side  :  Then foot it to one another and turn  ·  and foot it to one another, the second time and turn  :  The Man goes down on the Woman's side, and the Woman on the Man's side the rest do the same, then do the same to your Partner at bottom, and leave off on your own sides.

This describes the same dance, but simply says foot it to describe that jumping. It also directs dancers to leave the set as soon as they've danced with each other for a second time at the bottom – presumably because this dance is quite tiring!

Note that this is a rare example of an explicit description of foot it, albeit an early example – and it's about as unsophisticated as you could have imagined!