Bonnie Lass ~ RSCDS

Bonny Lass The Bonny Lass ~ Williams Bonnie Lass ~ RSCDS

Bonnie Lass ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1977 and published in RSCDS Book 28. It is R8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R32.

Playford calls the dance The Bonny Lass and writes:

Note: The first Strain is to be play'd twice, and the last but once.

The first Couple cross over, then Sett and cast off below the third Couple, and then cast above the third Couple, then Sett and cross up to the top. This to the first Strain play'd twice The two Men change places with the two Women, then Hands across all four half round, then first Man lead his Partner thro' the 3d Cu. and thro' the 2d Cu. and turn his Partner in the 2d Cu. place. This to the last Strain play'd once.

The original music is in cut time and consists of an 8 bar strain and a 16 bar strain, intended to be played AAB.

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, hands across (and probably others).

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