Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Queen's Quadrille

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE QUEEN'S QUADRILLE (R8+128) Sq.Set Alan MacPherson RSCDS Book 43
8 Bar intro - All bow and curtsey to partners, all bow and curtsey to corners

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 All with partners set, advance, acknowledge opposite couple and turning inwards dance out to places
17-24 1s+3s set, advance turning right cast and dance clockwise behind 2s/4s, Men dance on to opposite places while Ladies dance between side couples into centre to form line of 4 up/down facing opposite partner
25-32 1s+3s dance RSh reel of 4 and end in prom hold with 'new' partner facing clockwise (Ladies end reel passing RSh)
33-40 All promenade round clockwise
41-48 2s+4s set, advance turning left cast and dance anticlockwise behind standing couples, Ladies dance on to opposite places while Men dance between standing couples into centre to form line of 4 across facing opposite partner
49-56 2s+4s dance LSh reel of 4 and end in prom hold with other partner facing anticlockwise (Men end reel passing LSh)
57-64 All promenade round anticlockwise
65-72 All Ladies dance LH across ½ way, turn own partners RH, dance LH across ½ way and turn 'new' partner RH
73-80 1s+3s dance ½ Men's Chain, 2s+4s dance ½ Ladies' Chain (all back to original positions)
81-88 1M+3M dance RSh round partners while 2L+4L dance LSh round partners to face corner person and pivot turn (waist hold) 3 times round with corners to end in diagonal lines of 4 facing 4
89-96 All Adv&Ret and turn partners LH to end in original places
97-112 2s+4s repeat bars 81-96 forming lines on other diagonal
113-120 All repeat bars 9-16
121-128 All repeat bars 1- 8

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Instruction Videos

The Queen's Quadrille - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video
The First Quadrille At Almack's, c. 1892
Marquis Of Worcester, Lady Jersey, Clanronald Macdonald And Lady Worcester

Image copyright British Library [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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