As the name implies, a quadrille once consisted of four couples in a square (Carré). For better understanding, the moderncolumn lineup has now become established. So we can now bring as many couples as possible on the dance floor.
A quadrille evolved from the English Countrydanses to the French Contredanses, so called Counter dances. This is definitely visible by the line up and placement of the dancers and of course the figures. In a square (carré), couples 1 and 3 and couples 2 and 4 always danced together or against each other.
At first there were many variants of a quadrille, so in Austria the so-called Quadrille français (Attention: in French Quadrille is male - so Le Quadrille!) became the most popular. Although we occasionally use the quadrille à la Cour - the so-called Lanciers - in opening ceremonies of a ball, we still believe in our quadrille with the six tours Pantalon, Été, La Poule, La Trénis, La Pastourelle and Finale.