Le Quadrille français

The famous Quadrille français with its 6 Parts

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Quadrille français: The highlight at a typical Viennese ball, at weddings or incentives.

Basics:

Line-Up

Dancing in couples. The lady is standing right next to the gentleman. Two couples face each other.

Counting

Each figure is danced with 8 beats each. That is, we count from 1 to 8 in each figure, requiring 8 steps maximum.

Music

The most famous is the Fledermaus Quadrille, Op. 363 by Johann Strauss II. She is also part of the standard repertoire of each great Viennese ball orchester. There are also adaptations (i.e. adapted to the choreography of the bat quadrille) of other well-known works of the Strauss family. These include among others the Carmen Quadrille (Op. 134 by Eduard Strauss), the Zigeunerbaron-Quadrille (Op. 422 by Johann Strauss II), the Orpheus-Quadrille (Op. 236 by Johann Strauss II), the Maskenball-Quadrille (Op. 272 by Johann Strauss II), the Schützen-Quadrille (by Eduard, Josef and Johann Strauss II). Other works have already been adapted by me to the choreography of the bat quadrille. With polka and marching music these special Folk Music Quadrille was compiled by me.

Particularities

In principle, always start right foot.

For all those who want to be very specific, here are the three exceptions where the left foot begins:

    1. Right in the 1. Tour all Ladies start left to their first Compliment.
    2. each time the gentleman receives the lady (for example, at a ladie's chain - Chaine des Dames - at 4) he approaches her with the left foot and the left hand.
    3. At the 5. Tour both lady and gentleman start left when going the circle ending at the opposite place.

The 6 Tours:

1. Tour – Pantalon
  • 1-2 turn to the own partner
    3-4 Curtsey/Bow
    5-6 up
    7-8 turn back to basic line-up
  • 1-2 Sidestep to right
    3-4 Curtsey/Bow
    5-6 up
    7-8 Sidestep to left, back to basic line-up
  • 1-8 Chaîne anglaise (Change of place all couples)
  • 1-8 Chaîne anglaise (Change of place all couples to their own place) ending facing the own partner
  • 1-8 Grand Balancé (diagonally four steps forward and back, right hand side)
  • 1-8 Tour de Main (right in right hand, circular forward steps)
  • 1-8 Chaîne des Dames (change of place ladies only) to the opposite place
  • 1-8 Chaîne des Dames (change of place ladies only) to own partner ending left in left hand (shadow-position)
  • 1-8 Promenade (Change of place all couples)
  • 1-8 Chaîne anglaise (Change of place all couples to their own place)
2. Tour – Été

Division into "First and Second Ladies" and "First and Second Men"

1-16 (=8 bars) prelude
Only first ladies and opposite the first gentlemen start to dance.

  • 1-8 four steps forward to center and back
  • 1-8 diagonally four steps forward to center and back, right hand side
  • 1-8 Traversé (Change of place, passing the other one on the left)
  • 1-8 diagonally four steps forward to center and back, right hand side
  • 1-8 Traversé (Change of place, passing the other one on the left) ending facing the own partner
  • 1-8 Tour de main (right in right hand with the own partner, circular forward steps)

Repeat all figures now with th second ladies and the second gentlemen dancing and the first dancers looking on.

3. Tour – La Poule

Division into "First and Second Ladies" and "First and Second Men"

1-16 (=8 bars) prelude
Only first ladies and opposite the first gentlemen start to dance.

  • 1-8 Traversé (Change of place, passing the other one on the left)
  • 1-8 "To center, left“ (Forward to center, left in left hand, own partner stand by, right in right hand)
  • 1-8 Petit Balancé ([1,2] right foot sidestep, left foot across "Tap" - [3,4] left foot sidestep, right foot across "Tap" - [5,6] right foot sidestep, left foot across "Tap" - [7,8] left foot sidestep, right foot across "Tap")
  • 1-8 All couples quickly to the opposite place
  • 1-8 The first ones four steps forward to center and back
  • 1-8 The first ones diagonally four steps forward to center and back, right hand side
  • 1-8 All couples four steps forward to center and back
  • 1-8 Chaine anglaise (Change of place all couples to the own place)

Repeat all figures now with th second ladies and the second gentlemen dancing and the first dancers looking on.

4. Tour – La Trénis

Division into "First and Second Couples"
(First couples are those with the first ladies.)

1-16 (=8 bars) prelude

Only first couples start to dance.

  • 1-8 couples four steps forward to center and back
  • 1-8 first couples four steps forward to center, gentlemen go back [5-8] while ladies go to the opposite place, turn and take the other lady’s hand
  • 1-8 Damentor – all gentlemen underneath the ladie’s hands to the opposite place
  • 1-8 Traversé to the own place, passing the other one on the left, ending facing the own partner
  • 1-8 Grand Balancé (diagonally four steps forward and back, right hand side)
  • 1-8 Tour de main (right in right hand with the own partner, circular forward steps)

Repeat now all figures with the second couples beginning.

5. Tour – La Pastourelle

Division into "First and Second Couples"
(First couples are those with the first ladies.)

1-16 (=8 bars) prelude

Only first couples start to dance.

  • 1-8 couples four steps forward to center and back
  • 1-8 first couples four steps forward to center, ladies go back [5-8] while gentlemen go to the opposite place right side of the opposite couple.
    Der Herr stellt sich nun rechts der fremden Dame auf. Bildung der “Dreiergruppe”.
  • 1-16 Present all ladies (Triplets now two times four steps forward to center and back)
  • 1-8 Ladies solo (four steps forward to center and back)
    (four steps forward to center [1-4], four small steps back [5-8])
  • 1-8 Build foursome group (in circle)
    (lady four steps forward to center an reaches hands aof both gentlemen[1-4], Curtsey/Bow to the own partner [5-8])
  • 1-8 All couples in circle eight steps to the opposite place (gentlemen leading)
  • 1-8 Chaine anglaise (Change of place all couples to the own place)

Repeat now all figures with the second couples beginning.

6. Tour – Finale

1-16 (=8 bars) prelude

Reach hands throughout the "column".

  • 1-16 Colums two times four steps forward to center and back,
    ending arm linked with the own partner.
  • „Double-Été“ 
    • 1-8 couples four steps forward to center and back
    • 1-8 all couples (linked arms) diagonally four steps forward to center and back
    • 1-8 Traversé (all couples (linked arms) change of place, passing the other one on the left, gentleman leading)
    • 1-8 all couples (linked arms) diagonally four steps forward to center and back
    • 1-8 Traversé (all couples (linked arms) change of place, passing the other one on the left, gentleman leading) bck to the own place, ending facing the own partner
    • 1-8 Tour de main (right in right hand with the own partner, circular forward steps)
  • 1-16 Colums two times four steps forward to center and back,
    ending in shadow-position (left in left hand )
  • "Saint-Simonienne
    • 1-8 all couples (left in left hand) four steps forward to center and back
    • 1-8 all couples (left in left hand) four steps forward to center [1-3], change ladies [4] and back [5-8]
    • 1-8 Chaine des dames (change of place ladies only)
    • 1-8 Chaîne des Dames (change of place ladies only) to the opposite place
    • 1-8 all couples (left in left hand) four steps forward to center and back
    • 1-8 all couples (left in left hand) four steps forward to center [1-3], change ladies back [4] and back [5-8]
  •  1-16 Colums two times four steps forward to center and back,

History

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.

Photo: Wikipedia

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