Wonderful post, with one quibble: you left out the best sentence!
"The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
On 2/24/20, John Sweeney via Contra Callers
> For those who have asked about the style of the early quadrilles, please
> Thomas Wilson documented the standard stepping for country dances in the
> early 19th century as being three chassées, jeté, assemblé. You can see
> that being performed, complete with pointy toes, in this video. In modern
> terminology: three polka steps and a jump. Note: this is how ALL country
> dances were done then! Don't believe what you see in Jane Austen movies!
> Note also the arm shape for a hand turn. The smooth downward curve was
> believed to look best, rather than the elbow-down-hand-up W shape that we
> use now.
> Each sequence is only danced once by each pair of couples. But there are
> many sequences. Very different from a modern dance with multiple
> repetitions of one sequence.
> For lots more detail see the papers listed at
> People have referenced quadrilles as being sometimes done in a sort of
> Becket formation, by pairs of couples. As it says at
, "Most early Quadrilles were not
> the 8 person Sets that arose in the 1810s (most notable amongst which was
> the First Set), but rather a variation of the Cotillion usually arranged
> just four dancers."
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> Colin referenced La Russe as having derived from a quadrille; indeed when
> the EFDSS published it in 1948 it was titled "La Russe Quadrille":
> = = = = = = = =
> I think that we have to accept the fact that "Quadrille" has joined the
> ranks of words such as Allemande, Swing and Dosido which all have multiple
> different meanings depending on the country, century and dance genre.
> 'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it
> means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'
> 'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many
> different things.'
> 'When I make a word do a lot of work like that,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'I
> always pay it extra.'
> Happy dancing,
> John Sweeney, Dancer, England john(a)modernjive.com 01233 625 362 & 07802
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