A Trip to Nottingham

A Trip to Nottingham is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 2003 and published in Retreads Vol.9. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

All four Hands half round, the first Couple turn Sides with the third Couple This to the first Strain play'd once Then cast up to the Top and change Places with your Partners This to the first Strain play'd twice The first Couple go in and out below the third Couple This to the second Strain play'd once Then lead up to the top and cast off. This to the second Strain play'd twice

Originally a triple minor.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. 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.

The dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-2The top two couples circle left half
3-41s+3s mirror turns on the sides (1s together at start) while 2s two hand turn
A21-21s cast up as 2s lead down
3-4Top two couples hole in the wall cross
B11-3Half mirror hey
4-41s+2s turn single away to face up
B21-31s+2s lead up through the top couple and cast back
4-4All turn single right

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2003 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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