When I was an undergraduate at Rutgers, we had masked balls twice a year. And very often we danced "Prinkum Prankum," as our dance mistress called it, which I have never seen danced anywhere else.
Well, it's in Playford, starting in 1686. The tune does not look like how I remember her singing it, and the actions are not quite the same, but it's clearly where it comes from. The way we danced it, Man or Woman stood in the center of the ring and called out Joan or John (actually 'insert name here' as I think is indicated by the nonuse of italics in the original) Sanderson. The cushion was placed; somebody knelt (I don't recall if it was Sanderson, the person calling out, or always the Man) and there was a hand-kiss. The two exchanged places, leaving Sanderson in the center for the next go-round of the dance.
This is what I read from Playford:
This Dance is begun by a single person (either Man or Woman) who taking a Cushion in their Hand dances about the Room, and at the end of the Tune they stop and sing This Dance it will no further go. The Musicians answer, I pray you good Sir, why say you so? Man, Because Joan Sanderson will not come too. Music. She must come too, and she shall come too, and she must come whether she will or no. Then he lays down the Cushion before a Woman, on which she kneels, and he Kisses her, singing, Welcome Joan Sanderson, welcome, welcome. Then she rises, takes up the Cushion and both dance singing, Prinkum-prankum is a fine Dance, and we shall go dance it once again, once again, and once again, and shall we dance it once again? Then making a stop, the Woman sings as before, This Dance, &c. Music, I pray you Madam, &c. Woman. Because John Sanderson &c. Music. He must. &c. And so she lays down the Cushion before a Man, who kneeling upon it salutes her, she singing, Welcome John Sanderson, &c. Then he taking up the Cushion, they take hands and dance around, singing as before; and thus they do til th whole Company are taken into the Ring. And if there is Company enough, make a little Ring in the middle, and within that Ring set a Chair, and lay the Cushion on it, and the first Man set on it. Then the Cushion is laid before the first Man, the Woman singing, This Dance, &c. (as before) only instead of -come to, they sing -go fro; and instead of Welcome John Sanderson, &c., they sing Farewell, John Sanderson, Farewell, Farewell; and so they go out one by one as they came in. Note, the Woman is kissed by all the Men in the Ring at her coming in and going out, and likewise the Man by all the Women.
The words are almost what I recall. I think we sang, "I pray you, good master/mistress." We never did the bit with the chair, and we never collected all the dancers in the center of the ring.
Playford gives a little diagram of four couples in a ring but there is no choreography, just "they dance." We only danced during the "Prinkum-prankum" parts, as the dance stopped at the declaration, "This dance it may no further go." I think we just doubled left and right; two full sets. There's not room to do much else.
I bring this up because spring starts on Saturday, which means it's maypole season again. This sort of kissing game-dance seems very suitable for an adult maypole.
The Rutgers reconstruction has the advantage of not requiring kissing the entire Company, which can get prickly in the SCA with people having widely varying ideas about appropriate casual personal contact. On the downside, the dance mistress had to watch carefully and end the dance when it started to become clear that favorites were emerging and certain people were being passed over. I'm leaning towards doing it the Rutgers way, if only because I saw it done without social disaster occuring. I'm not so sure how the original Playford version would go.