The Highlander's Wedding

The Wedding

The Highlander's Wedding or The Wedding is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1988. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a double progression dance. The dance lasts 28 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: The first Strain is to be play'd twice, the last but once.

The First Man and second Woman dance round each other to places · The first Woman and second Man do the same : Right Hands and Left Sides half round, all turn single and dance round into your Places; The first Couple cast off·

Bolton calls this simply The Wedding, a name which is used only in the third volumn, in the second volumn it is called The Highlanders Wedding.

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.

A11-61st corners gypsy right merging that into a right hand turn
A21-62nd corners gypsy left merging into a left hand turn
B1-4Facing partner: two changes of rights and lefts
5-8Partners meet and turn single cloverleaf
9-12Facing neighbor: three changes of rights and lefts
13-16Set, and 1s cast below the next 2s who lead up (double progression)

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1988 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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