Bonney Dundee

Bonny Dundee

Bonney Dundee or Bonny Dundee is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1721 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the first, 17th ed., London. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 2000 and published in Retreads Vol.8. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars. It is in the key: G Minor.

Playford writes:

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

The first Man turn the second Woman round with his Right-hand And the first Woman turn the second Man with hers Then the first Man change place with the second Woman, and the first Woman change place with the second Man and clap hands round Then back to back with their Partners, and Right and Left half round and so on.

Over time The Dancing Master used this title (and tune) for two different dances. This is the second one.

Sir Walter Scott writes:
To the Lords of Convention 'twas Clavers who spoke.
'Ere the King's crown shall fall there are crowns to be broke;
So let each Cavalier who loves honour and me,
Come follow the bonnet of Bonny Dundee.

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.

The dances of Charles Bolton (including interpretations like 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 right hand turn
B11-41st corners cross left and turn left, 2nd cross right and turn right to face same sex neighbor
5-6Clap: own, neighbor right, own, neighbor left
7-8Right gypsy half with neighbor to change places
B21-4Partner back to bak
5-8Facing partner, two changes of rights and lefts

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2000 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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