Bonnets So Blue

Bonnets So Blue is an English Country Dance. It was published by English Traditional in about 1909 in The Country Dance Book (Part 1). It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1909. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

This has the same figures as We Won't Go Home Until Morning, another dance collected by Sharp, though that dance has additional claps.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

A1-4Right hands across...
5-8... and left hands back
B1-81s lead down, turn, lead back, cast down
C1-8All partner swing

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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