Cheshire Rounds

Cheshire Rounds is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 2000. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. man casts off and his Partner follows him, the man goes quite round, the woman slips up the middle, the woman casts off and goes quite round the 1. man slips up the middle, the 1. cu. ross over below the 2. cu. and cross up into their own places again, then right and left quite round into the 2. couples places.

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.

A11-4W1 cast down around both 2s up to partner's place, M1 follows up middle to her place
A21-4M2 cast up around both 1s, W2 follows
B11-21s cross go below, 2s two hand turn half, lead up
3-4Partner two hand turn
B21-4Four 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 © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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