French Four ~ Howe

French Four ~ Howe French Four

French Four ~ Howe is an American Country Dance. It was published by Elias Howe in 1857 in Complete Ball-Room Hand Book. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Howe writes:

First couple balance and cross over (go below one couple), balance again and cross back to places, 1st couple down the centre, back, cast off, right and left 4.

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 George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-41s balance
5-81s cross, go below, as 2s lead up
A21-41s balance
5-81s cross, go above, as 2s lead down
B11-81s down the middle, turn alone, come back up, and cast off
B21-8Right and left four

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