The French Ambassador ~ Duple or French Embassader ~ Duple is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1701 in The Dancing Master, 11th ed.. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Playford titled the dance in two ways: "French Embassader" and "The French Embassader"
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 first thing I note is that there is no indication of a second B part. Scott Pfitzinger's interpretation has a second B and stretches the figures out (4 bars for a turn half) to make them fit. I shall take Playford at his word here.
The next oddity is that the 1st man turns the 3rd woman, but the 1st woman turns the 2nd man. It seems much more likely that they both turn 3s.
The start of the B section: "The 1. man turns the 3. wo. and the 1. wo. the 2. man then...", I read the "and" (as opposed to "then") here as suggesting that the 1s should turn simultaneously rather than sequentially. Now we've already decided there is one misprint here, I suggest there are two and that the ones turn the same sex 3. (this also solves the problem of how to get the 3s back to proper, they never become improper)
Another posibility is to have the 3s become improper during A, this breaks the symmetry of the two A parts though.
Note: the 2s+3s are never active together, so this can be compressed into a duple minor dance.
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. 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.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
|A1||1-4||1s cross, go below, 2s lead up|
|5-8||All two hand turn|
|A2||1-4||1s cross left, go below next 2s, who cross left and lead up|
|5-8||All two hand turn counter clockwise|
|B||1-2||M1+W3, W1+M3 right turn half|
|3-4||1s left hand turn half|
|5-8||1s lead down between next couple and cast back|
|9-10||All two hand turn half|
|11-14||1s cross up, 2s cast down, half double figure eight|
|15-16||All two hand turn half|
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