Blenheim Pound

Blenheim Pound is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 2003. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain twice.

The first Man turns the second Woman once round · The first Woman turns the second Man once round : Then cross over and lead up all four abreast, the first Couple being between the second Couple · Then the first Couple cast off, and Right and Left quite round :

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.

A11-41st corners right hand turn
A21-42nd corners left hand turn
B11-41s cross right, go below, cross again and meet in the center of a line of four as 2s lead up and cast back to ends of the line
5-8Line of four up a double and fall back
B21-22s gate the 1s to progressed places
3-4Partner change
5-8Facing neighbor, three changes of lefts and rights

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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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