Red and all Red

Red and all Red ~ Thompson Red and all Red

Red and all Red is an English Country Dance. It was published by Merry Lad in 1753. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 1991 and published in Retreads Vol.5. Found in The Playford Assembly. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 44 bars. It is in the key: G major.

Bolton found the dance in Thompson, 1757 (rather than "Merry Lad"), and Thompson writes:
The 1st. Man foot it and turn his Partner then set to the 2d. Wo. Hands all three round 1st. Man leads his Partner behind the 2d Man and Hands three with 2d and 3d. We. and the Wo. Hands three round with the 2d. and 3d. Men Hands six round and turn your Partner :

Originally a triple minor.

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album By Request. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 103 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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 interpretations like 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.

A11-4Partners set moving forward slightly then turn single right
5-8Partners two hand turn half and fall back
A21-21s set
3-41s set to W2
5-81s+W2 circle three opening so 1s can face M2
B11-21s set to M2
3-61s+M2 circle three
7-10M1 leads W1 (retaining hand clasp) behind M2+M3, leaves her there, he continues outside set to between W3+W2, 2s+3s turn to face closest 1
11-14Circle three, men with W1, women with M1
B21-6Circle six
7-101s drop out of circle in 2nd place proper, other couples continue to circle halfway more
11-14Partners 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 © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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