Lincoln

Bolton

Lincoln or 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 1986. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

First man on the wo. side.
First cu. cast off, 2. cu. lead up into their places, set to your own, and turn S. all four; 2. cu. cast off, 1. cu. lead up as before, set and turn S. 1. man goes within-side, round about the 2. wo. and the 1. wo. go without-side round the 2. man at the same time; then the 2. wo. go within-side round the 1. man and the 2. man without-side round the 1. wo. as before, right-hands with your own, then left hands with the contrary.

Playford shows the 3s and 4s improper rather than 1s and 2s. Doesn't matter much.

Personally I find the half circles in III.B* to be slow. I'd add a turn single left after each if I were calling (even though Playford doesn't mention that).

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.

A11-31s cast down as 2s lead up
4-6Honour partner and turn single
A21-32s cast down as 1s lead up
4-6Honour partner and turn single end facing neighbor
B11-4M1 moving inside the set loops W2 to place, while W1 moves outside to loop M2
5-6All change with partner and face neighbor
B21-4W2 moving inside the set loops M1 to place, while M2 moves outside to loop W1
5-6Face partner two quick changes of rights and lefts

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1986 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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