Blue Bonnets ~ RSCDS or Blue Bonnets are over the Border ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by Goulding & D'Almaine in 1827 and published in Goulding & D'Almaine's Twenty-four Country Dances for the Year 1827. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1926 and published in RSCDS Book 3. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. J32.
Published by Goulding & D'Almaine in 1827 as Blue Bonnets are over the Border. I do not have access to the original text. but Robert Keller gives the figures as:
Change sides (again)
Lead down and back
Smyth, in 1830, page 31, calls it Blue Bonnets Over the Border and writes:
First Lady and second Genlemen advance and retire, and pass back to back, the first Gentleman and second Lady the same Down the middle and up again, and poussette.
So where is the progression in this dance? Either in the poussette or in "down the middle and up again". If you look at Mrs McLeod (page 33) you will see that, for Smyth, "down the middle and up again" is progressive.
Smyth (an Edinburgh dancing teacher) classifies this as a "Scotch Country Dance".
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
|1-8||L1+M2 advance and retire, do-si-do|
|9-16||M1+L2 advance and retire, do-si-do|
|17-24||1s lead down the middle and back|
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