White Cockade - Saltator

White Cockade - Saltator is an American Country Dance. It was published by Saltator in 1802 in A Treatise on Dancing. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Saltator writes:

Six olivettes, first couple down the middle, up brisè, first and second couples balance, promenade partners round, right and left atop.

Saltator (latin for dancer (or jumper)) uses French terms in ways that I find unexpected. "Olivette" means "hey" (I believe it was the name of a traditional dance in the olive groves. I assume that dance contained a hey). "Promenade" seems to mean a hand turn. "Brisè" means cast.

"Six olivettes" does not mean six heys. I think it means that six people hey, but it might mean six changes of a hey. I'm assuming this should be a mirror hey because that would be the most common hey to find at the beginning of a dance in England at this time. I have made it a cross-over hey just for fun.

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.

A11-81s cross between 2s into mirror heys on opposite sides
A21-81s lead down, turn as a couple, lead up
B11-21s cast down as 2s lead up
3-41s+2s set to partner
5-81s+2s two hand turn partner
B21-81s+2s face partner four changes of rights and lefts

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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