The Drummer

The Drummer is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1757. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1997. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Thompson writes:
Four hands round · the same back again : Cross over and half figure · Right and Left ··

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.

A11-4Circle left
5-8Left hands across
A21-4Circle right
5-8Right hands across
B11-41s cross go below as 2s set (M2 left/right, W2 right/left) and lead up
5-81s half figure 8 up
B21-8Four changes of rights and lefts starting with partner

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1997 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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