Up Goes Ely

Up Goes Ely ~ Sharp Up Goes Ely

Up Goes Ely is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed., London. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 1991 and published in Retreads Vol.5. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain twice over.

The first Couple cast off into the second Couples place and turn Partners half round Then cast down into the third Couples place, lead thro' both Couple, and cast down one Couple Then the first Man take Hands with the third Couple, the first Woman take Hands with the second Couple and turn 'em half round then turn his Partner The first Man turn the second Couple, the first Woman the third Couple half round, and turn Partners

Originally a triple minor.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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 interpretations like 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 cast to middle two hand turn half, and cast to bottom, 2s and then 3s moving up
A21-41s lead to top, cast back to middle
B11-21s split, man down woman up to circle three half at ends open into lines
3-4Half two hand turn opposite, 1s about face in middle, others fall back
B21-2Circle three half and open
3-4Ends partner two hand turn, 1s two hand turn 3/4

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1991 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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