Charles Bolton's Retreads
Charles Bolton’s Retreads is a collection of interpretations of 92 English country dances from 17th and 18th sources, the majority from volumes of Playford’s Dancing-Master, plus selections from Johnson, Thompson, Walsh, Burbank, Griffiths, and Kynaston.
Each dance appears with music, the original dance instructions, Charles’s interpretations, and notes on interpretative decisions.
The dances are organized in nine volumes, plus two previously unpublished interpretations. You may search by volume number, by the name of the dance or by its number. The dances are numbered consecutively throughout the volumes, so at the top of each dance you will find an identifier, for example: Retreads No. 6 (for the sixth dance in volume 1 and so on, through No. 92).
Bolton's collection of original dances is also available.
All dances are © Charles Bolton and are published here with his permission. The dances and tunes may be printed for your own use, under Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA). This means:
- you must credit Charles Bolton and the CDSS Online Library;
- you may print and redistribute the dances, and build upon Bolton's work;
- all new work must carry the same license, so any derivatives must also be non-commercial in nature.