Cheerily and Merrily ~ Bolton

Mr. Webb's Fancy ~ Bolton

Cheerily and Merrily ~ Sharp Cheerily and Merrily ~ Bolton

Cheerily and Merrily ~ Bolton or Mr. Webb's Fancy ~ Bolton is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1991. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 288 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up all a D. forward and back : That again :Set and turn S · That again :

The 2. man and 3. wo. change places, the 3. man and 2. wo. change : the first four and last four hands and go round :Then change as before, and hands round as before :

Sides all : That again :Set and turn S · That again :

First and last cu. meet your own, with the other four go back, first and last cu. meet, while the 2. slip up, and the 3, down · First and last cu. hands and go round, while the other turn their own : Then do the same again :

Arms all : That again :Set and turn S · That again :

Men hands and go round · We as much :Ment the S. Hey, while the we do as much :

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

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.

I.A11-4Up a Double, back
I.A21-4Up a Double, back (again)
I.B11-4Partners set and turn single
I.B21-4That again
I.A31-4M2+W3 change, then W2+M3 change as W1 casts down to M4's place, M1 chase to W4's place and M4 cast up to W1's place as W4 chase to M1's
I.A41-4Circle four halfway at ends, then cross with partner
I.B31-4W1+M4 change, then M1+W4 change as M3 casts down to M4's place, W3 chase to W4's place and W2 cast up to W1's place as M2 chase to M1's
I.B41-4Circle four halfway at ends, then cross with partner
II.A11-4Right Siding
II.A21-4Left Siding
II.B11-4Partners set and turn single
II.B21-4That again
II.A31-4Ends lead in to meet and set to opposite, while middles fall back and move diagonally to nearest end spot
II.A41-4New middles circle four while new ends two hand turn
II.B31-4Ends lead in to meet and set to opposite, while middles fall back and move diagonally to nearest end spot
II.B41-4New middles circle four while new ends two hand turn
III.A11-4Right Arming
III.A21-4Left Arming
III.B11-4Partners set and turn single
III.B21-4That again
III.A31-2Taking hands on the sides, middles fall back as ends move in to make two circles, one of men, one of women
3-4Men circle left, women right
III.A41-2Circles continue
3-4Circles colapse into lines again
III.B341-8Mirror heys on the sides, 1s and 3s together at start

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1991 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 © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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