Ten Pound Lass ~ Bolton

Ten Pound Lass ~ Bolton Ten Pound Lass

Ten Pound Lass ~ Bolton is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1986. It is a 4 Couple Longways dance with the 1s, 2s improper. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

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 :

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. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

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.

I.A11-4Fall back a double and come forward
I.A21-4Lead up a double and fall back
I.B11-2Face the man's wall, forward a double
3-4Partner cross, turn to face woman's wall
5-6Set
7-8Forward a double
I.B21-2Forward a double (toward woman's wall)
3-4Partner cross, turn to face men's wall
5-6Set
7-8Forward a double, face in
II.A11-4Right Siding
II.A21-4Left Siding
II.B11-4End couples lead in and set to opposite, as middles fall back and slip away
5-8New middles circle as others set forward and turn single
II.B11-4End couples lead in and set to opposite, as middles fall back and slip away
5-8New middles circle as others set forward and turn single
III.A11-4Right Arming
III.A21-4Left Arming
III.B11-4Hole in the wall cross with partner, form lines of four, middles fall back, ends move in
5-8Circle left half and open into lines across
III.B21-4Hole in the wall cross with opposite, form lines of four, middles fall back, ends move in
5-8Circle left half and open into lines up and down

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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