Lady Day ~ Bolton

Lady Day ~ A. Shaw Lady Day ~ Bolton

Lady Day ~ Bolton is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 10th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1991. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
First man take hands with the 1. and 2. wo. half round; wo. break hands, and cast off; turn the 1. wo. into the 2. wo. place, 1. man at the same time turn the 2. man into his place; then the 2. man take hands with the two women, and do as before; first cu. being in their own places, slip down, the we. within side, and them without side into the 2. cu place, the slip up at the same time; turn single all four, right and left into their own places, then slip down as before, the man within-side, and the wo. without-side, turn single, and men turn by themselves, and wo. doing the like at the same time.

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.
Originally proper.

Bolton claims this dance appeared in the 7th edition of the Dancing Master (1687), but everyone else says the 10th, in 1698.

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.

A11-2M1+women circle three 2/3
3-4M1+W2 change and face
5-8Opposite two hand turn, and while turning, circle a quarter round the set
A21-2W2+men circle three 2/3
3-4W2+M1 change and face
5-8Opposite two hand turn, and while turning, circle a quarter round the set
B11-2Chassé to change with neighbor, women inside, men out
3-4Turn single cloverleaf
5-8Facing partner, three changes of rights and lefts
B21-2Chassé to change with neighbor, men inside, women out
3-4Turn single cloverleaf, end facing neighbor
5-8Neighbor two hand turn

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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 © 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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