Ten Pound Lass

Ten Pound Lass ~ Bolton Ten Pound Lass

Ten Pound Lass is an English Country Dance. It was found in the Lovelace Manuscript (written somewhere around the 1640s) and later published in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1911 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 2). It is a 4 Couple Longways dance with the 3s, 4s improper. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

This dance appears in the Lovelace Manuscript, but the instructions there are incomplete.

Playford writes:

Back all a D. meet again Lead up forward and back Go all to the left and cross the Room, then change all places with your own All that again to your places

Sides all That again First and last cu. meet, take hands and go round while the other go back, the 2. cu. slip up and the 3. down, set and turn S. All this again to your places.

Arms all That again Meet all and change places, then hands all on each side, hands and go half round All that again

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A1-4Fall back a double, and come forward
5-8Up a double, and back (again)
I.B11-4Face men's wall, forward two doubles
5-8Face in, partner change
I.B21-4Face women's wall, forward two doubles
5-8Face in, partner change
II.A1-4Right Siding
5-8Left Siding
II.B11-4End couples meet and circle four while middles fall back and slip out
5-8Partner set and turn single
II.B21-4New end couples meet and circle four while new middles fall back and slip out
5-8Partner set and turn single
III.A1-4Right Arming
5-8Left Arming
III.B11-4Partner change
5-8Each side circle four half
III.B21-8That again: Partner change, sides circle four half

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