Bolton Collection : Original Dances

THE ORIGINAL DANCES AND TUNES OF CHARLES BOLTON

Charles Bolton is a prolific composer and choreographer for English country dancing. He has published nine volumes of original dances, some with original tunes and some with traditional music.

You may search by booklet name, or by the name of the dance. Each dance is presented with music, and the dance instructions. (Note that in some cases there may be multiple tunes or dnaceson a page).

All dances are © Charles Bolton and are published here with his permission. In addition, the dances and tunes may be printed and distributed for your own non-commercial use, under Creative Commons license http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses You may build upon the work of Charles Bolton; all new work must carry the same license, so any derivatives must also be non-commercial in nature.

The Optimist (1982)
More Optimistic Dances (1984)
Not All My Own Work (1985)
More of the Same (1986)
Courtesy Turns (1989)
Occasions (1989)
People and Places (1992)
What’s New (1995)
Round Robin (2005)

Bolton Original Dances Index

Title Doc Volume title Vol #
Band Wagon Courtesy Turns 5 5
Double Top Courtesy Turns 5 10
Edmonton Assembly Courtesy Turns 5 7
Harwood Hall Courtesy Turns 5 2
Hillingdon Heath Courtesy Turns 5 4
Nonsuch cottage (orig) Courtesy Turns 5 8
Reeds United Courtesy Turns 5 6
Serendipity Courtesy Turns 5 11
Sixteenth of November Courtesy Turns 5 3
Valentine Courtesy Turns 5 9
Courtesy Turns Cover Courtesy Turns 5 cover
Courtesy Turns Intro Courtesy Turns 5 intro
Courtesy Turns Index Courtesy Turns 5 index
Ashford Anniversary More of the Same 4 14
Chairman's Excursion More of the Same 4 4
Chairman's Excursion - cont More of the Same 4 5
Circe's Charm More of the Same 4 15
Fair Exchange More of the Same 4 7
Ford's Frolic More of the Same 4 3
Mrs. Pomeroy's Pavane More of the Same 4 16
New Year Rag More of the Same 4 12
New Year Rag - cont More of the Same 4 13
Nick's Maggot More of the Same 4 8
Nick's Maggot - cont More of the Same 4 9
Plaster Cast More of the Same 4 10
Plaster Cast - cont More of the Same 4 11
Polygamy More of the Same 4 6
Polygamy - cont More of the Same 4 7
More of the same - Cover More of the Same 4 cover
More of the Same - Intro More of the Same 4 intro
More of the Same - Index More of the Same 4 index
Dunwich Heath More Optimistic Dances 2 11
Felton Rag More Optimistic Dances 2 3
Harrow Hoedown More Optimistic Dances 2 5
Mr. Bolton's Fancy More Optimistic Dances 2 6
Nora's Christmas Box More Optimistic Dances 2 12
Olive's Toy More Optimistic Dances 2 9
Primrose Hill More Optimistic Dances 2 10
Trip to Hengrave More Optimistic Dances 2 4
Twenty-five CC More Optimistic Dances 2 8
Xanadu More Optimistic Dances 2 2
More Optimistic Dances - cover More Optimistic Dances 2 cover
More Optimistic Dances - intro More Optimistic Dances 2 intro
More Optimistic Dances - index More Optimistic Dances 2 index
Again Sweet Richard Not all my own work 3 5
Ali's Allemande Not all my own work 3 8
Cat's Cradle Not all my own work 3 12
Denis's Delight Not all my own work 3 9
Here's Howe! Not all my own work 3 3
Lavender's Blue Not all my own work 3 11
Love and Innocence Not all my own work 3 10
Paddington Street Not all my own work 3 2
Terpsichore Not all my own work 3 6
Terpsichore - music Not all my own work 3 7
Toast to Gerry Not all my own work 3 4
Not All My Own Work - Cover Not all my own work 3 cover
Not All My Own Work - Intro Not all my own work 3 intro
Not All My Own Work - Index Not all my own work 3 index
Beechen Grove's New Hall Occasions 6 10
Dr. Vincent's Delight Occasions 6 7
Measure for Margaret Occasions 6 6
New Broom Occasions 6 11
Nonsuch Cottage Occasions 6 3
Pearl Occasions 6 8
Ruby Occasions 6 2
St. George's Day Occasions 6 9
Trafalgar Day Occasions 6 12
Wearside Occasions 6 4
Wearside - music Occasions 6 5
Occasions - Cover Occasions 6 cover
Occasions - Index Occasions 6 index
Beggar's Delight People and places 7 9
Beggar's Delight - music People and places 7 13
Cannock Chase People and places 7 3
Cannock Chase - music People and places 7 13
Circassian Contra People and places 7 2
Hatfield House People and places 7 5
Hatfield House - music People and places 7 14
Lanchester Larks People and places 7 11
Lanchester Larks - music People and places 7 14
Manton Lane People and places 7 4
Manton Lane - music People and places 7 16
Spring Wedding People and places 7 8
Spring Wedding - music People and places 7 15
Stately Manor People and places 7 10
Stately Manor - music People and places 7 16
Stratford Square People and places 7 7
Trip to Hexham People and places 7 6
Trip to Hexham - music People and places 7 15
People and Places - Cover People and places 7 cover
People and Places - Index People and places 7 index
People and Places - Music Index People and places 7 music index
Ashworth Round Robin 9 5
Cordiality Round Robin 9 2
Elixir Round Robin 9 12
Fresh Fields Round Robin 9 6
Gender Bender Round Robin 9 10
King for a Day Round Robin 9 4
Moonwalk Round Robin 9 13
Moscow Nights Round Robin 9 15
Mr. Playford's Roundabout Round Robin 9 17
Orliana Round Robin 9 3
Pastures New Round Robin 9 7
Round Robin Round Robin 9 1
Ruby Revelry Round Robin 9 14
Sixteenth of November (2nd vers) Round Robin 9 8
Southerly Breeze Round Robin 9 11
Springfield Court Round Robin 9 16
St. George's Day
(2nd vers)
Round Robin 9 9
Round Robin - Cover Round Robin 9 cover
Round Robin - Index Round Robin 9 index
Bigamy The Optimist 1 3
Circassian Square The Optimist 1 2
Liberated Ladies The Optimist 1 5
Nervous Breakdown The Optimist 1 4
Optimist The Optimist 1 1
Silver Jig The Optimist 1 8
Simple Folk The Optimist 1 7
Skip Sprightly The Optimist 1 10
Sue's Fancy The Optimist 1 9
Trip to Mill Hill The Optimist 1 6
The Optimist - Cover The Optimist 1 cover
The Optimist - Index The Optimist 1 index
Barnard Castle What's New 8 10
Barnard Castle - music What's New 8 10
Beginner's Luck What's New 8 13
Beginner's Luck - music What's New 8 13
Busy Line What's New 8 16
Dancing Years What's New 8 1
Dancing Years - music What's New 8 1
Eat Drink and Be Merry What's New 8 3
Eat Drink and Be Merry - music What's New 8 3
Good Fellowship What's New 8 8
Good Fellowship - music (Spanish Gipsy) What's New 8 8
Great Hall What's New 8 14
Great Hall - music What's New 8 14
Hale Barns What's New 8 6
Hale Barns - music What's New 8 6
Homage to Herbie What's New 8 17
Hope For the Best What's New 8 5
Hope For the Best - music What's New 8 5
Love and Innocence (2nd version) What's New 8 12
Love and Innocence (2nd version) - music
(Haste to the Wedding)
What's New 8 12
Mr. McFarlane's Surprise What's New 8 4
Mr. McFarlane's Surprise - music What's New 8 4
Mrs. Pike's Maggot What's New 8 7
Mrs. Pike's Maggot - music
(Planxty Irwin)
What's New 8 7
Octagon, The What's New 8 2
Octagon, The - music
(Dalegarth)
What's New 8 2
Resolution What's New 8 9
Resolution - music What's New 8 9
Ryedale What's New 8 11
Ryedale - music What's New 8 11
ZagZig What's New 8 15
ZagZig What's New 8 15
What's New - Cover What's New 8 cover
What's New - Inside Cover What's New 8 inside cover
What's New - Index What's New 8 index
What's New - Notes What's New 8 notes