Jack's Health ~ Bolton

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Jack's Health ~ Bolton is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1679 in The Dancing Master, 6th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in about 2004 and published in Retreads Vol.10. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford has two somewhat different descriptions of this dance, the first appeared in the 6th edition of the Dancing Master in 1679, and the second in the 17th edtion of 1721. Bolton implies this follows the first version but with borrowings from the second.

Playford writes in 1679:

Honour to the Prsence, then to your wo. Lead up all forward and back, that again.
The 1. cu. cross over with the 2. cu. and back to back, the 1. man being on the 1. wo. side, then 1. man back to back with 2 wo. and 1. wo. back to back with the 2. man, the 1. man leading the 2.wo. to the Presence and the 1.wo with the 2. man lead down at the same time, then all four face together, then hands right an left to the end.

Playford writes in 1721:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over
The first cu. cross over and turn, the Wo leave off on the Man's side and the Man on the Wo's side Then the Man back to back with the Wo. and the Wo. back to back with the Man, and both turn hands Then the 1. Man and 2. Wo. lead to the Wall, and the 1. Wo. and 2. Man lead to the Wall at the same time, then lead in again, and all turn single Right and Left quite round, and turn your Partner.

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 cross go below as 2s lead up
5-81s two hand turn and face neighbors
A21-4Neighbor back to back
5-8Neighbor two hand turn once and a quarter, ending in a line of four across the set, those on the woman's side facing up, and the men's down
9-10Lead up or down a double
11-12Deliberate and relaxed California twirl
13-14Lead back
15-16Bend the line, men step forward, women fall back (2s face partner, 1s neighbor)
17-24Progressive rights and lefts, 2s start by right, then 1s by left

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