Walton Abbey ~ Bolton

Walton Abbey ~ Bolton Walton Abbey ~ Bolton

Walton Abbey ~ Bolton is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1697 in An Additional Sheet of New Dances for the Second Part. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 1992 and published in Retreads Vol.6. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. Manc cast off and his Partner follows him into the 2. Cu. Place, and then go back to back with his Partner, the 1 Wo. being in the 2. Mans Place, cast up into her own Place, her Partner follows her into his own Place and go back to back the first

The 1. cu. cross over below the 2. cu. and go the Figure thorow Then lead down thorow below, and then lead up thorow above, and cast off into the 2. cu. Place

Playford spells the title variously: Walton Abey, Walton Abbey, and Waltom Abey.

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.

A11-4W1 followed by partner, cast down to 2nd place improper and face up as 2s wait, lead up, and face down
5-8Neighbors back to back
A21-4W2 followed by partner, cast down to 2nd place improper, facing partner as 2s wait, lead up, and face partner
5-8Partner back to back
B11-41s cross go below as 2s two hand turn half and lead up
5-81s cross up, 2s cast down, start a full doouble figure eight
B21-4...double figure eight continues
5-81s lead up and cast back as 2s cast down and lead up

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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1992 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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