The Restoration of King Charles

The Restoration of King Charles is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 2003. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

The first Couple clap Hands and cast off and turn · The second Couple do the same : Then the first Couple cross over and single Figure · Then Right-hands and Left quite Round ··

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.

A11-41s clap own, partner's right, own, left and cast down as 2s quick two hand turn and lead up
A21-42s clap own, partner's right, own, left and cast down as 1s quick two hand turn and lead up
B11-41s cross go below as 2s two hand turn half and lead up
5-81s cross up, 2s cast down half double figure eight
B21-8Facing partner four changes of rights and lefts

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2003 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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