The Charles Bolton Collection

Welcome to the online collection of the collected works of Charles Bolton, which is comprised of Retreads (interpretations of 17th and 18th century English dances) and the nine booklets of Charles's original dances and tunes.

Charles worked on Retreads from 1985 to 2003. We are presenting the 2nd edition of these booklets, redesigned and rewritten so the presentation is clear, and with revised interpretations in some cases. In addition, we present two previously unpublished dances: Jack's Health and The Happy Captive.

The booklets of original dances and tunes were originally published 1982 through 2005. The main index can be sorted by booklet name or dance.

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.

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