Florida Dance Schedule

  1. Wed - Apr 26 — Gainesville: Irish
  2. Wed - Apr 26 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  3. Fri - Apr 28 — Orange Park: English Country
  4. Sat - Apr 29 — Gainesville: Mayfair Ball
  5. Apr 29-30 — Barberville Spring Frolic!
  6. Sun - Apr 30 — Gainesville: Advanced Contra
  7. Mon - May 1 — Gainesville: English Country
  8. Tue - May 2 — Melbourne: English Country
  9. Tue - May 2 — Venice Area: English Country
  10. Tue - May 2 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  11. Tue - May 2 — Fort Walton: Contra
  12. Wed - May 3 — Gainesville: Irish
  13. Wed - May 3 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  14. Fri - May 5 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  15. Fri - Mar 5 — Melrose:
  16. Fri - May 5 — Orange Park: English Country
  17. Sat - May 6 — Cocoa Beach: Contra
  18. Sat - May 6 — Boca Raton: Contra
  19. Sun - May 7 — Gainesville: Contra
  20. Mon - May 8 — Gainesville: English Country
  21. Tue - May 9 — Melbourne: English Country
  22. Tue - May 9 — Venice Area: English Country
  23. Tue - May 9 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  24. Tue - May 9 — Fort Walton: Contra
  25. Wed - May 10 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  26. Wed - May 10 — Gainesville: Irish
  27. Fri - May 12 — Melbourne: Contra
  28. Fri - May 12 — Orange Park: English Country
  29. Fri - May 12 — Melrose: Contra
  30. Fri - May 12 — Tallahassee: Contra
  31. Sat - May 13 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  32. Sat - May 13 —Davie: Contra
  33. Sun - May 14 — DeLand: English Country
  34. Mon - May 15 — Gainesville: English Country
  35. Tue - May 16 — Melbourne: English Country
  36. Tue - May 16 — Venice Area: English Country
  37. Tue - May 16 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  38. Tue - May 16 — Fort Walton: Contra
  39. Wed - May 17 — Gainesville: Irish
  40. Wed - May 17 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  41. Fri - May 19 — Jacksonville: Contra
  42. Fri - May 19 — Sarasota: Contra
  43. Sat - May 20 — Gainesville: Contra
  44. Sun - May 21 — Boca Raton: Contra
  45. Mon - May 22 — Gainesville: English Country
  46. Tue - May 23 — Melbourne: English Country
  47. Tue - May 23 — Venice Area: English Country
  48. Tue - May 23 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  49. Tue - May 23 — Fort Walton: Contra
  50. Wed - May 24 — Gainesville: Irish
  51. Wed - May 24 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  52. Fri - May 26 — Orange Park: English Country
  53. May 26-28 — Florida Folk Festival
  54. Sat - May 27 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  55. Sun - May 28 — Coconut Grove: Contra
  56. Mon - May 29 — Gainesville: English Country
  57. Tue - May 30 — Melbourne: English Country
  58. Tue - May 30 — Venice Area: English Country
  59. Tue - May 30 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  60. Tue - May 30 — Fort Walton: Contra
  61. Wed - May 31 — Gainesville: Irish
  62. Wed - May 31 — Tampa: Scandinavian

English Country Dance
in the French Court

The Feuillet Collection - 1706

In 1660 Maria Theresa of Austria married Louis XIV of France. The young couple (both 22 at the time) loved to dance. Maria Teresa and her court imported German Quadrilles from Austria and Germany. These dances were called danse allemande but also contredance since one couple faced another couple across the square. These dances dominated the French Court until the death of Maria Teresa in 1683.

Commencing around 1680, English Country Dance became popular in the French Court. Many English dances were modified to suit French tastes and other dances were composed in the English style. Raoul-Auger Feuillet published a collection (the first?) of 32 dances in 1706. Fifteen dances have identifiable English origins, three were composed by Feuillet, and five others by a M. Voisin. The remaining by unidentified composers - presumably French. La Matelote is one of the dances composed by Feuillet. It is currently popular as The Female Sailor - the literal translation. John Essex translated the collection into English in 1710.

Feuillet used a graphical notation, developed by Pierre Beauchamp and extended by himself, to describe the dances. While his method is very specific it also is very long - requiring about 200 pages for the 32 dances. The original document contains a selection of the Beauchamp-Feuillet notation that is appropriate to the English dances.

The music in the original document uses a violin clef that was popular at the time. I have transposed the music for the treble clef. From the document, it appears that Feuillet prepared a tune book for the musicians with harmonies or parts. This tune book has not been preserved.

I have decoded the graphic instructions into text. Some elegant steps of the French court dances have been replaced by English setting. Anyone interested in the French steps can consult the original document.

I have included a photo copy and translation of the original graphical document, and a text version of the dances with musical scores. Larger musical scores suitable for musicians are included. The sources of the dances, where available, are included.

A few samples of the graphical notation is shown here. A point of caution: The marks along the figures are not arrowheads indicating they line of progression. They are feet properly turned out 90°. Click on an image to enlarge it.

There are undoubtedly errors in my transcriptions. Notification of these errors would be appreciated.

This work was derived from public domain sources. It is intended for use by the English Country and Contra Dance communities free from any royalties or copyright.


The Original Document
Translation of the Original Document
English text version on the Dances
Tunebook
Sources for the Dances

Siding right

Turn by right hand once and a half

Back to back

Fall back, lead in, mirror turn single

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