Quadrilles are prompted dances done from the standard square formation.
Most of them can be fitted to many 64 beat tunes. Some singing call records
adapt very well to quadrilles. Other candidates are Irish and Scottish Jigs,
Hornpipes and Reels.
Bob wrote this dance for beginner parties. I found it in "When
The Work's All Done"
First Night Quadrille
Record: Jewell 707 "Susie"
Intro - - - -, Head Couples Forward & Back
1-8 - - - -, Same four Circle Left
9-16 - - - -. Circle Right
17-24 - - - -, Same four Star Right
25-32 - - - -, - - Allemende Left
33-40 - - - -, Grand Right & Left
41-48 - - - -, - - Partner DoSaDo
49-56 - - - -, - - Promenade home
57-64 - - - -, Side Couples Forward & Back
1-8 Head couples walk Forward & Back
9-16 Same couple Circle Four to the left
17-24 Same four Circle Right
25-32 Same couple Star Right
33-40 At home position Allemande Left with the corner.
41-48 Grand Right & Left
49-56 Parther DoSaDo
57-64 Promenade partner to home position.
Stars & Stripes Quadrille
Record: "Stars & Stripes Forever" Grenn 15011
Intro - - - -, - - 4 Ladies Chain
1-8 - - - -, Head two Right & Left Thru
9-16 - - - -, - - 4 Ladies Chain
17-24 - - - -, Side two Right & Left Thru
25-32 - - - -, Ladies in clap hands & out
33-40 - - - -, 4 men Star Right
41-48 - - - -, - Turn partner Left
49-56 Turn corner Right, - - Promenade corner
57-64 - - - -, - - Four Ladies Chain
1-8 Four Ladies Chain across
9-16 Head or side couples Right & Left Thru
17-24 Four Ladies Chain across
25-32 The other two couple (sides or heads) Right &
33-40 Ladies move to the center of the set three steps.
Clap their own hands together on count four. Then back out place with three
steps and a touch.
41-48 Four men Star Right once around
49-56 Left Arm Turn with the partner and go to the corner
57-64 Right Arm Turn the corner to a Couple Promenade and
move halfway around the square to the man's home position.
The following quadrille was taken from New England
Quadrilles by Bob Dalsemer. It is also listed as one of the dances available
from Jack Murtha Enterprises. It is an excellent example of how a very interesting
dance can be made from just simple basic movements.
This quadrille has a corner progression and is 64 beats in length. It could
be prompted as a quadrille or used as the figure in a singing call or adapted
to a patter routine by having the four ladies chain instead of doing the
allemande left, etc.
Formation: Four couples in a square formation.
Record: Square Dancetime SD-002 "Gordo's Quadrille"
Intro - - - -, - - - -, - - - -, - - Heads Lead
1-8 - Split Two around 1 down the middle
Right & Left Thru
9-16 - - - -, - - Sides Lead Right
17-25 - Split Two around 1 down the middle
Right & Left Thru
25-32 - - - -, - - Circle Left
33-40 - - - -, - - Allemande Left
41-48 - Pass your partner- , Take the next & Promenade
49-56 - - - -, - - - -
57-64 - - - - , - - Heads Lead Right
1-8 Head or side couples Lead Right and Split the
outside two and Separate.
9-16 Around 1 down the middle and Right & Left Thru
with the facing couple.
17-24 The other couple (sides or heads) Lead Right and
Split the outside two and Separate.
25-32 Around 1 down the middle and Right & Left Thru
with the facing couple.
33-40 Circle Left halfway to the man's home position.
41-48 Allemande Left
49-64 Pass by your partner and Promenade the next person
3/4 around to the man's home position.
Note: The intro on the Square Dancetime record is 16 beats of music. If
you use another record, the number of lead in counts will need to match
the intro of the record.
The following quadrille is very different because
it requires a piece of music that runs for 48 instead of the usual 64 counts.
Check the back the album cover for tunes that fit this requirement and have
fun. In a 4X48 tune you repeat the routine twice for the Heads and then
twice for the Sides.
DoSoDo & Face the Sides Quadrille
Grant Logan's adaptation
Record: LS E-32 "Tipperary" or Windson 4907 "Gal
Intro - - - -, Heads Forwand & Back
1-8 - - - Heads, DoSaDo & Face the Sides
9-16 - - - -, Circle Four Once Around
17-24 - - - -, Split Two Around 1 to a Line
25-32 - - - -, - - Forward & Back
33-40 - - - -, Center Four Star By the Left
41-48 - - - Turn, Corner by the Right Once & a Half
49-56 - - - -, Others Star Left Back to the Corner
57-64 - - - -, - - Balance & Swing
65-72 - - - -, - - - -
73-80 - - - -, - - - Promenade
81-88 - - - -, - - - -
89-96 - - - -, Heads Forward & Back
1-8 Head or Side Couples Forward & Back.
9-16 DoSaDo the opposite person and finish facing the corner
position in the set.
17-24 Circle four with the outside pair once around
25-32 Inside pair split the outside pair and separate around
one to a line of four.
33-40 Lines of four go Forward & Back
41-48 Center four in the line Star Left once around
49-56 Turn the corner person by the right once and a half
57-64 Send to other four people into the center for a Left
Hand Star once around.
65-80 Balance with your corner for 4 or 8 counts and Swing
with the corner for the remaining twelve or eight counts.
81-96 Promenade once around the set.
Notes: If you do not want to use a Balance in your program, a DoSaDo can
be substituted for counts 65-72 and then Swing during counts 73-80. This
figure could be adapted to fit a 40 beat melody line. For example, the first
Forward and Back could be elminated and the 16-count Balance and Swing to
just be a 8- count Swing. Fiting it to a 32 beat melody line would be a
little tougher, but it could be done.