The French Ambassador ~ Bolton

French Embassader

The French Ambassador ~ Bolton The French Ambassador ~ Duple The French Ambassador ~ Williams

The French Ambassador ~ Bolton or French Embassader is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton in 1985. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The dance lasts 48 bars.

Playford titled the dance in two ways: "French Embassader" and "The French Embassader"

Playford writes:

The 1. cu. cross over and turn below the 2. cu. ·Then cross over below the third cu. and turn :The 1. man turns the 3. wo. and the 1. wo. the 2. man, then turn your Partner with your left-hand, then lead thorow the 3. cu. and cast up and turn, Figure thorow the 2. cu. and turn your Partner.

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 Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-41s long cast as 2s lead up
5-81s two hand turn
A21-21s cast down as 3s lead up
3-61s two hand turn
7-83s cast down as 1s lead up
B11-41s right hand turn 1st corners
5-8All left hand turn partner
9-12All face down, 3s, followed by others, cast up to invert the set
13-16All partner two hand turn
B21-83s cast down, 1s cross up, full double figure eight
9-12Set and turn single
13-16All partner two hand turn

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1985 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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