Blue Bonnets over the Border is an English Country Dance. It was devised by W. Smyth in 1830 and published in A Pocket Companion for Young Ladies and Gentlemen. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2023. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Smyth, page 31, 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 "down the middle and up again" is progressive.
Smyth (an Edinburgh dancing teacher) classifies this as a "Scotch Country Dance".
An earlier version of the dance was published in 1827 by by Goulding & D'Almaine 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
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 George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
|A1||1-4||2nd corners advance and retire|
|5-8||2nd corners left back to back|
|A2||1-4||1st corners advance and retire|
|5-8||1st corners back to back|
|B1||1-8||1s lead down, turn lead up to 2nd place as 2s lead up|
|9-16||Full poussette, W1+M2 push|
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