The French Ambassador ~ Williams

French Embassader

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The French Ambassador ~ Williams 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 George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 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 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 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.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-41s cross, go below, 2s lead up
5-81s two hand turn
A21-41s cross, go below, 3s lead up
5-81s two hand turn
B1-2M1+M3, W1+W3 right turn half
3-41s left hand turn half
5-81s lead down between 3s and cast back to 2nd place
9-101s two hand turn half
11-141s half figure eight up through the 2s
15-161s two hand turn half

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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