Up Tails All

Up Tayles All

Up Tails All ~ Bolton Up Tails All

Up Tails All or Up Tayles All is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). Originally a 6 Couple Circle this version is a Circle as many as will dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 160 bars.

Playford writes:

Lead in a D. and back again, set and turn S. That again
First Cu. lead through the second, cast off and meet within, clap hands and arms and so forwards to the next, the rest following in order
First Cu. lead through the 2. Cu. cast off and meet within, clap hands all four, hands across all four and round to your places, and so forward, &c.
First Cu. lead through the 2. Cu. cast off and meet within, clap hands all four, and hands roud all four to your places, and so forward, &c.

Playford spells the title both "Up Tayles All" and "Up Tailes All".

Sharp has the first couple pass through each couple, then the second couple do the same, then the third and so on. I have conflated that by having half the dancers active at once. Playford isn't particularly helpful, he just says "And so forward to the next, the rest following in order."

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-4Take hands, in a double and fall back
5-8Partner set and turn single
I.A21-8That again
II.A11-4Heads lead between couple on left, separate, cast off and meet in front of them
5-8Heads clap, arm right, move to the next
II.A21-4Heads lead between this next couple, separate, cast off and meet in front of them
5-8Heads clap, arm right, move to the next
II.A31-8That again, end home
II.A41-4Now sides lead between couple on left, separate, cast off and meet in front of them
5-8Sides clap, arm right, move to the next
II.A51-8That again
II.A61-8That again, end home
III.A11-4As before, heads lead between couple on left, separate, cast off and meet in front of them
5-8In groups of four: all clap, right hands across
III.A21-8That again
III.A31-8That again, end home
III.A41-8Sides, the same
III.A51-8That again
III.A61-8That again, end home
IV.A11-4As before, heads lead between couple on left, separate, cast off and meet in front of them
5-8Clap and circle left
IV.A21-8That again
IV.A31-8That again, end home
IV.A41-8Sides, the same
IV.A51-8That again
IV.A61-8That again, end home

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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