Burgundy's Flight

Burgundy's Flight is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1986. It is an indecent duple minor longways dance. The dance lasts 40 bars.

Playford writes:

The first Couple cast off and turn the third Couple. This to the first Strain play'd once. The 2d Couple do the same. This to the first Strain play'd twice. All four change Places, then Sett to your Partners, then Sett Sides and turn quite round. This to the second Strain play'd once. Then Right and Left, Sett Sides the first Couple slip up the middle, Sett two Steps and cast off. This to the second Strain play'd once.

Bolton says that neutral couples (those out at top or bottom) should cross the set in the first 4 bars of A1, cross again in A2, and yet again in B1. This way everyone gets to two hand turn a member of the opposite sex. You can simplify by just crossing in A1 and turning whoever comes at you.

Originally a proper triple minor

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 Charles Bolton (including 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.

A11-41s long cast down as 2s wait and lead up, 1s face down, 2s up
5-8Two hand turn next neighbor (couples with no neighbor may turn partner)
A21-4Same for the 2s, long cast as 1s wait and lead up, 2s face down, 1s up
5-8Two hand turn previous neighbor
B11-4Cross with partner and loop right to face in
5-6Partner set
7-8Men turn left, Women right to face original neighbors and set to them
9-12Neighbor two hand turn
B21-4Facing neighbor, two changes of rights and lefts
5-6Neighbor set
7-81s lead up as 2s move down outside
9-10Partner set
11-121s cast down as 2s lead up

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1986 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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