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.
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.A||1-4||Lead partner in, and fall back|
|5-8||Fall back with opposite, come forward|
|I.B1||1-2||Men fall back diagonally as women turn single|
|3-4||Women fall back as men turn single|
|5-8||Men change, women change|
|9-10||Circle left half|
|I.B2||1-2||Women fall back diagonally as men turn single|
|3-4||Men fall back as wonen turn single|
|5-8||Women change, men change|
|9-10||Circle left half|
|II.A||1-4||Partner right shoulder siding|
|5-8||Opposite left shoulder siding|
|II.B1||1-2||Men move behind partners turning single right half as they do so|
|3-3||Both turn right to face|
|4-6||Gypsy left three quarters to places|
|7-10||Single file circle counter-clockwise to places|
|II.B2||1-2||Women move behind partners turning single left half as they do so|
|3-3||Both turn left to face|
|4-6||Gypsy right three quarters to places|
|7-10||Right hands across|
|III.A||1-4||Partners arm right|
|5-8||Opposites arm left|
|III.B1||1-4||Women make an arch with their left hands and men duck under (passing right shoulders), turning around opposite back to place|
|5-8||Men make an arch with their right hands and women duck under (passing left shoulders), turning around opposite back to place|
|9-10||Set to opposite|
|III.B2||1-4||Facing opposite two changes of rights and lefts|
|5-6||Circle left half|
|7-8||M1+W1 break hands and open to a line|
|9-10||Step 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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