Highland Wedding

Highland Wedding is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Johnston in 1757. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1988. It is a 3 Couple Longways dance with the 2s improper. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The dance lasts 48 bars.

May be found in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library online collection: Johnson Vol. 8, it is on page 36 (the index says "71", but it is dance 71 on page 36).

Johnson writes:

First Cu. foot it and change Places. the same back again. Cross over two Cu. lead to the top and cast off hands 6 round and Right and Left

Originally a proper triple minor dance.

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.

A11-4All face partner and foot it (set twice)
5-8Gypsy right half (to change with partner) and turn single
A21-41s face partner, others neighbor: set twice
5-8Gypsy right half and turn single
9-121s cross by right go below middle couple (which assists them)
13-161s cross by left go below bottom couple (which assists them)
17-201s lead halfway up, and set
21-24Lead to top and cast down assisted by middles who move to top
B21-8Circle six left
9-14Top couples face neighbor three changes of rights and lefts, bottom couple right turn half, balance, right turn half
15-16Turn single left

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1988 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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