The Female Saylor ~ Roe

La Matelotte ~ Roe

The Female Saylor ~ Roe The Female Saylor

The Female Saylor ~ Roe or La Matelotte ~ Roe is a European Contredanse. It was published by Feuillet in 1706 in Recüeil de Contredanses (Feuillet), Paris. It was interpreted by Peggy Roe sometime before 2023-10-30. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: G minor.

Feuillet describes his dances with diagrams rather than words and I am not prepared to reproduce them here. If you wish to examine the originals look here on page 121. John Essex translated Feuillet in the book For the Further Improvement of Dancing (page 61) which Walsh published in 1710.

I'm not sure when Roe came up with her interpretation, presumably after Pat Shaw's in 1960 and before 2019. It gives the 2s a bit more to do than the original.

Note the lead up in B2 can be merged into the lead up of A1, but that's beyond the abilities of my animation to display.

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, figure eight, lead and cast, cross go below, back to back (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. I do not have a date for the interpretation, so it may be under copyright. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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