Florida Dance Schedule

  1. Wed - Jun 21 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  2. Fri - Jun 23 — Orange Park: English Country
  3. Fri - Jun 23 — Tallahassee: Contra
  4. Sat - Jun 24 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  5. Sat - Jun 24 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  6. Sat - Jun 24 — McIntosh: Contra
  7. Sun - Jun 25 — Coconut Grove: Contra
  8. Mon - Jun 26 — Gainesville: English Country
  9. Tue - Jun 27 — Melbourne: English Country
  10. Tue - Jun 27 — Venice Area: English Country
  11. Tue - Jun 27 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  12. Tue - Jun 27 — Fort Walton: Contra
  13. Wed - Jun 28 — Gainesville: Irish
  14. Wed - Jun 28 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  15. Fri - Jun 30 — Orange Park: English Country
  16. Sat - Jul 1 — Cocoa Beach: Contra
  17. Sat - Jul 1 — Boca Raton: Contra
  18. Sun - Jul 2 — Gainesville: Contra
  19. Mon - Jul 3 — Gainesville: English Country
  20. Tue - Jul 4 — Melbourne: English Country
  21. Tue - Jul 4 — Venice Area: English Country
  22. Tue - Jul 4 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  23. Tue - Jul 4 — Fort Walton: Contra
  24. Wed - Jul 5 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  25. Fri - Jul 7 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  26. Fri - Jul 7 — Melrose:
  27. Fri - Jul 7 — Orange Park: English Country
  28. Sat - Jul 8 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  29. Sat - Jul 8 —Davie: Contra - summer vacation
  30. Sun - Jul 9 — DeLand: English Country - suspended
  31. Mon - Jul 10 — Gainesville: English Country
  32. Tue - Jul 11 — Melbourne: English Country
  33. Tue - Jul 11 — Venice Area: English Country
  34. Tue - Jul 11 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  35. Tue - Jul 11 — Fort Walton: Contra
  36. Wed - Jul 12 — Gainesville: Irish
  37. Wed - Jul 12 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  38. Fri - Jul 14 — Orange Park: English Country
  39. Fri - Jul 14 — Melrose: Contra
  40. Fri - Jul 14 — Tallahassee: Contra
  41. Sat - Jul 15 — Gainesville: Contra
  42. Sun - Jul 16 — Boca Raton: Contra
  43. Mon - Jul 17 — Gainesville: English Country
  44. Tue - Jul 18 — Melbourne: English Country
  45. Tue - Jul 18 — Venice Area: English Country
  46. Tue - Jul 18 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  47. Tue - Jul 18 — Fort Walton: Contra
  48. Wed - Jul 19 — Gainesville: Irish
  49. Wed - Jul 19 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  50. Fri - Jul 21 — Melbourne: Contra - canceled for summer
  51. Fri - Jul 21 — Jacksonville: Contra
  52. Fri - Jul 21 — Sarasota: Contra
  53. Sat - Jul 22 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  54. Sun - Jul 23 — Coconut Grove: Contra
  55. Sun - Jul 23 — Coral Gables: Contra
  56. Mon - Jul 24 — Gainesville: English Country
  57. Tue - Jul 25 — Melbourne: English Country
  58. Tue - Jul 25 — Venice Area: English Country
  59. Tue - Jul 25 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  60. Tue - Jul 25 — Fort Walton: Contra
  61. Wed - Jul 26 — Gainesville: Irish
  62. Wed - Jul 26 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  63. Fri - Jul 28 — Orange Park: English Country
  64. Fri - Jul 28 — Tallahassee: Contra
  65. Sat - Jul 29 — McIntosh: Contra
  66. Sun - Jul 30 — Gainesville: Advanced Contra
  67. Mon - Jul 31 — Gainesville: English Country
  68. Sun - Aug 27 — Coral Gables: Contra
  69. Sat - Aug 26 — McIntosh: Contra
  70. Fri - Sep 15 — Melbourne: Contra
  71. Sun - Sep 24 — Coconut Grove: Contra

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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