The Glory of the West ~ Bolton

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The Glory of the West ~ Bolton is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 2000 and published in Retreads Vol.8. It is a Facing Couples dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 84 bars.

Playford writes:
Meet a D. fall back, open and close · Fall back a D. meet, open and close:Back men, we. turn S. back we. men turn S. men cross over, we. cross over, hands round and go half to your places.

Sides with the co. we. set to them · Sides with your own wo. set to her :Men turn off to the left-hand, and fall behind your we. back to back, turn back again in your places we. as much, change Places round till you come to your own places, then take right-hands a-cross, and go round to your places :

Armes as you sided :Men meet, we. meet, and give right hands across. men go under their arms to your own places, men hands a-cross, and we. go under as the men did, men right-hands to the Co.we. then left-hands to their own and fall into the contrary places, hands in a ring, and go half found to your places, falling all a-breast to the presence :

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.A1-4Lead partner in, and fall back
5-8Fall back with opposite, come forward
I.B11-2Men fall back diagonally as women turn single
3-4Women fall back as men turn single
5-8Men change, women change
9-10Circle left half
I.B21-2Women fall back diagonally as men turn single
3-4Men fall back as wonen turn single
5-8Women change, men change
9-10Circle left half
II.A1-4Partner right shoulder siding
5-8Opposite left shoulder siding
II.B11-2Men move behind partners turning single right half as they do so
3-3Both turn right to face
4-6Gypsy left three quarters to places
7-10Single file circle counter-clockwise to places
II.B21-2Women move behind partners turning single left half as they do so
3-3Both turn left to face
4-6Gypsy right three quarters to places
7-10Right hands across
III.A1-4Partners arm right
5-8Opposites arm left
III.B11-4Women make an arch with their left hands and men duck under (passing right shoulders), turning around opposite back to place
5-8Men make an arch with their right hands and women duck under (passing left shoulders), turning around opposite back to place
9-10Set to opposite
III.B21-4Facing opposite two changes of rights and lefts
5-6Circle left half
7-8M1+W1 break hands and open to a line
9-10Step right and honour presence

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2000 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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