The Franch Ambassador; or, The bearded lady dances

By: Fred Freuthal
Music: The French Ambassador
Formation: Longways for 4 couples
For: Mike Franch

A1 1-8 (In a ring) slip left (end in lines, facing partner), set and turn single
     
A2 1-8 (In a ring) slip right (end in lines, facing partner), set and turn single
     
B1 1-4 1st man steps to the center and 1st lady and 2s circle left around him, likewise 3rd man with 3rd lady and 4s circling around hime (all end in home place)
  5-8 1s and 3s partner two-hand turn
  9-12 2nd lady steps to the center and 2nd man and 1s circle left around her, likewise 4th lady with 4th man and 3s circling around hime (all end in home place)
  13-16 2s and 4s partner two-hand turn
     
B2 1-4 Lines forward and back
  5-8 Partner back to back (end all facing up)
  9-16 Top couple cast individually, others following, leading couple arch and the others lead up through arch with partner (now Top:2-3-4-1)
     
A3 1-8 Up a double and back, set and turn single
     
A4 1-8 Down a double and back, set and turn single
     
B3 1-6 (In groups of 4) Men right-hand turn, then 1st man left-hand turn partner (the other man returning to his place) all ending home
  7-8 (In groups of 4) 1st couples turn single right (out of the left-hand turn)
  9-14 (In groups of 4) Ladies left-hand turn, then 2nd lady right-hand turn partner (the other lady returning to her place) all ending home
  15-16 (In groups of 4) 2nd coouples turn single left (out of the right-hand turn)
     
B4 1-16 as B2
     
A5 1-8 Side-by-side siding (right shoulder), set and turn single
     
A6 1-8 Side-by-side siding (left shoulder), set and turn single
     
B5 1-4 (In groups of 4) 1st man and both ladies star right
  5-8 (In groups of 4) 1st man turns single left and sets to and honors partner
  9-12 (In groups of 4) 2nd lady and both men star left
  13-16 (In groups of 4) 2nd lady turns single right and sets to and honors partner
     
B6 1-16 as B2
     
A7 1-8 Arming right, set and turn single
     
A8 1-8 Arming left, set and turn single
     
B7 1-8 (In groups of 4) 1st man and both ladies hey
  9-16 (In groups of 4) 2nd lady and both men hey
     
B8 1-16 as B2
     
Notes 1 This is a whole set dance except for B3, B5 and B7 which are duple minor (non-progressive).  B2, B4, B6 and B8 progress the top couple to the bottom of the set
  2 The tune was published originally in the 11th edition of the Dancing Master, 1701.  More recently it has been published in Maggot Pie and in Retreads Vol 1 (with chords)
  3 Dedicated to Mike Franch for his service to Baltimore Folk Music Society

 

The French ambassador tune

 

© Fred Freuthal

 

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