The Happy Captive ~ Bolton

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The Happy Captive ~ Bolton is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1777 in Twenty four Country Dances for the year 1777. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in about 2004 and published in Retreads Vol.10. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The dance lasts 40 bars.

Originally a triple minor.

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.

A11-42s lead below 3s and cast back
5-8All back to back (right shoulder)
9-122s split, M2 down, W2 up, circle left at ends
A21-42s lead above 1s and cast back
5-8All back to back (left shoulder)
9-122s split, M2 up, W2 down, circle right at ends
B11-22s short lead down, turn in to face up
3-42s lead to top, 1s cast to middle
5-8Top couple, followed by others, cast to bottom to invert the set
B21-4Lines of three fall back, come forward
5-8All two hand turn partner

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. I do not have a date for the interpretation, so it may be under copyright. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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